Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver who struck and killed 19 Canada Geese as they crossed the road in Mundelein on Sunday.
The Mundelein Police Department said that an unknown vehicle was traveling southbound on Midlothian Road near Cambridge Road around 5:15 p.m. Sunday when it struck and killed the geese. The vehicle then fled the scene.
Canada Geese are protected migratory birds and fines or charges can be brought against those who intentionally harm them, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The Mundelein Police Department posted on social media asking for anyone with information about the incident to contact the department. Police do not have any kind of vehicle description that the suspect was driving in, Mundelein Deputy Police Chief John Monahan said.
Monahan told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that no witnesses have come forward yet. Traffic cameras nearby at Midlothian Road and Winchester Road only provide still images taken every 5-8 minutes and do not take video, Monahan added.
Monahan said that detectives are unsure if the driver intentionally hit the geese, or if it was accidental and the driver left the scene after panicking.
If authorities determine the driver intentionally hit the geese, they could be charged, Monahan said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Mundelein Police Department at 847-968-4600 or email MPD@mundelein.org.