Scientists cry fowl over satellite test shotgun shocker

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Written by Graham Hayday, Contributor

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Scientists using satellite technology to track the migration movements of six geese have uncovered the whereabouts of one errant bird - it's in an Eskimo's freezer. The Irish light-bellied brent goose was one of six being monitored by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. The bird - called Kerry - had almost completed its remarkable 4,500 mile journey when researchers noticed that he'd stopped moving. They tracked his signal to the home of an Eskimo, only to find that he'd been shot and put in the freezer - still wearing a bleeping transmitter worth £3,000. Dr James Robinson, senior researcher at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, told the BBC: "The hunter was somewhat surprised. He did not know what the device on the goose's back was." There are concerns that another of Kerry's feathered friends may also have been shot. Arnthor's bleeps stopped abruptly above Disko Island on the west coast of Greenland. A third bird, Oscar, was found dead on a small Icelandic island - possibly the victim of a bird of prey. The other birds remain off Canada's Arctic coast. According to the BBC report, Austin is on the western tip of Ellesmere Island, Hugh was last tracked to Amund Ringnes Island, and Major Ruttledge is thought to be on Graham Island. Each goose can be adopted for a £75 contribution to the research programme. Adopters receive emails and mobile phone text messages reporting their goose's location. For more information see http://www.wwt.org.uk/ .
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