ODNR: At least 4 out of dozens of Canada geese, mallard ducks found dead were shot

BENTLEYVILLE, Ohio - Wildlife officials said some of the dozens of birds found dead at a Cleveland Metropark earlier this month had been shot.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said at least four of the birds had gunshot wounds.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife called rangers to the South Chagrin Reservation in Bentleyville on Jan. 2.

"Our state wildlife officer received a report that there were some carcasses, bird carcasses, that had been dumped in the Cleveland Metroparks," said Ohio Division of Wildlife spokesperson Jamey Emmert following the incident.

There were 25 Canada geese and 8 mallard ducks found dead. The carcasses had been thrown over an embankment of Chagrin River Road, landing in the park.

Investigators located faint tire tracks in the snow and are looking for the person or people involved in the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Cleveland Metroparks rangers or the Ohio Division of Wildlife at 1-800-POACHER (1-800-762-2437).

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