Your letter regarding the goose at the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir was forwarded to me by....
We too are saddened by the demise of this goose, and we want to reassure you that we work closely with the Urban Park Rangers and various wildlife rehabilitators to make sure that wildlife in distress are rescued and receive necessary medical attention.
We had been keeping an eye on the geese in the Reservoir and all looked well until one was found to have died, and then another one died a few days thereafter. We do not know the causes of death, but because the condition of the carcasses was identical, we are suspecting that a large snapping turtle may have attacked both of them.
To rule out any sort of disease, we consulted with the Urban Park Rangers about the possibility of necropsies, but the condition of the carcasses, both of which were removed as quickly as possible, was inadequate for testing.
Staff at the Conservancy treasure the wildlife in the Park, and we respond promptly to calls regarding injured or sick mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians.
Please feel free to contract me with any further concerns or questions.