Teen facing possible charges after throwing gosling into Dodge County lake

NOW: Teen facing possible charges after throwing gosling into Dodge County lake

Updated: 4:30 p.m. June 9, 2018

DODGE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Wisconsin DNR tells CBS 58 they have concluded their investigation into the teen that threw a gosling into a Dodge County Lake.

Since the person in the video is a juvenile, no further information will be released.


Posted: 5:52 p.m. June 2, 2018

DODGE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A local video shared thousands of times on social media apparently shows a Wisconsin teenager violently throwing a baby goose into a lake.  

The quick video shows the girl heaving the gosling into a lake. The animal flails and she says a racial slur before launching it into the water.

More than 3,000 people have shared the video taken off snapchat and posted to Facebook on May 31.

The incident happened in Dodge County, but both the Dodge County Sheriff and Watertown Police Department say the Wisconsin DNR is investigating the incident.

CBS 58 did receive a statement from the DNR saying they have investigated and are working with District Attorney on possible charges.

Commenters claim the person throwing the bird has deleted their online presence. CBS 58 isn’t naming the person because they have not been charged with any crime.

Geese and goslings are especially loved in Watertown. A gosling is the High School mascot. Heather Hemenway says it felt more personal for her when she found out the famous town bird was the victim. 

"I showed them the video and talked to them about it. My oldest daughter who is 10 -- she started to cry," said Hemenway, who used the video as a teaching moment. "I'm sure she learned her lesson, and she's probably never going to do that again."

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