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Smell of dead geese in West Fargo garage prompts police call

WEST FARGO – The smell of about 10 dead geese decomposing in a garage stall at an apartment complex here led residents to call authorities, according to West Fargo police.

“It smelled like a bad garbage Dumpster,” said Sgt. Jason Anderson, who responded to the call shortly before noon Tuesday at Parkside Apartments, 3230 9th St. W. near Aurora Elementary School.

Anderson said the birds, mostly snow geese shot by a hunter, had been in the garage for a while.

“Some of the tenants were concerned about the smell,” he said. “They popped open the garage. There were a bunch of dead geese in a little child’s pool.”

The tenants who rent the garage stall were not home at the time, Anderson said.

Anjanette McIntyre, an apartment resident, has a garage stall across from where the geese were found. She said she noticed a smell before the birds were discovered.

“I assumed it was rotting garbage,” she said.

McIntyre, 38, said that once the garage was opened, the smell became especially pungent. “It was bad,” she said. “You could smell it wafting.”

She said the men who had the geese in their garage are hunters and that they leave the area to work for days at a time.

Police referred the matter to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. District game warden Mike Sedlacek said the case is under investigation to see if any laws were broken, but he declined further comment.