NE Side residents call for safe return of geese they believe were snatched from pond


    “We believe that somebody did this either as a mindless prank or took them for – God forbid – consumption or sale,” said Jon Venner, who bought his house in the neighborhood because of its proximity to the park. (Photo: Sinclair Broadcast Group)

    SAN ANTONIO – A neighborhood group on the Northeast Side is offering a reward for the safe return of three geese.

    They went missing between Saturday evening and Sunday morning, and some residents suspect they were taken.

    “We believe that somebody did this either as a mindless prank or took them for – God forbid – consumption or sale,” said Jon Venner, who bought his house in the neighborhood because of its proximity to the park.

    The centerpiece of the park owned by the Eden Homeowners Association is Eden Pond, located at Thousand Oaks and Tavern Oaks near McAllister Park.

    Venner said he’s seen no signs the geese became prey – “no loss of feathers, no blood, no remains of any kind” – and said they’ve taken refuge in the park for years.

    Two of the geese are related to three others that remain at the pond, and another is affectionately called Mother Goose. The missing three are all female.

    “Ultimately, we want them to come back,” Venner said. “We want them returned, no questions asked.”

    Myrtle Parks, vice president of the homeowners association, called their absence “disturbing.”

    “When you saw one, you saw them all,” she said. “They were just that unit.”

    “We miss them,” Parks added. “We want them back, and geese, if you’ve flown for a vacation, we’d like for you to come home.”

    The reward, with no set dollar amount, is offered for safe return of the geese. People with information are asked to call Jon Venner at (210) 760-3010.

    San Antonio police took a report, referring to the reporting party as C (complainant): “C does not know what happened to them or where they are. C does not have any suspect. C was given the incident number and a phone number to the game warden.”

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