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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Four geese were shot with an illegal blow dart in the Natomas area. Wildlife experts say it’s a disturbing trend that seems to be growing.

“We’ve got cormorants, we’ve got the snowy egrets,” Michele Dodge said.

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Dodge is a wildlife capture specialist that frequents this public pond off of Truxel Road in Natomas.

“I’ve actually been out here several times tracking the injured geese,” she said.

In the last few weeks, Dodge has helped rescue several Canada geese who were shot with blow darts and transported them to Gold Country Wildlife Rescue in Auburn.

On Friday, one of her colleagues at Gold Country Wildlife Rescue, Christy Berger, used a net gun to catch one of the birds in a nearby drainage canal.

“Blow darts are illegal and for good reason. They have razor edges on the dart itself,” Berger said.

Two geese are still recovering after receiving medical treatment. Two didn’t survive.

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“One died during transit, so the dart probably hit a blood vessel while it was being transported even though we were being careful,” Berger said. “The other had to be euthanized because it had a broken shoulder as well and an injured leg.”

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating what appears to be a pattern.

“It’s happened here and there in a couple of other places,” Berger said.

“Not only were the geese darted, we actually saw a darted duck. So it’s definitely a problem out here,” Dodge said.

And knowing it’s happening right next to apartments in a residential area has wildlife enthusiasts concerned.

“Generally, if someone is terrorizing animals and hurting animals, they do often escalate,” Dodge said. “So we don’t know if it’s going to escalate to someone chasing down people’s pets or children.”

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The state said this is punishable with fines.

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Robyn Griggs, soap star and film actress, dead at 49

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Robyn Griggs, a television and film star best known for her roles on soap operas “Another World” and “One Life To Live,” has died at the age of 49.

The star’s official Facebook account announced the sad news Saturday afternoon in a statement.

“Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing,” the post began.

“However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories.I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so.RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

Griggs — who married golf pro Mark Wiley in 2013 — was very transparent with friends and fans when it came to her health troubles, as she was diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer in 2020 and as recently as last month revealed that she had developed four new tumors.

Griggs was diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer in 2020. Facebook/Robyn Wiley

“I have 4 new tumors. 2 new tumors on my liver, one on abdominal muscle and large one on right side lymph node,” Griggs posted to her account July 7. “So in pain and I goto chemo Monday am. I told them whatever it takes,. I’m in for the fight.”

The account also confirms that on Aug. 11 — just two days before her passing — the actress moved into hospice care.

The actress’ death was announced via her Facebook account. MediaPunch / BACKGRID

“She has fought with determination, strength, and grace that is nothing short of inspirational. Please continue keep Robyn and her family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”

The small screen star featured on soap opera “Another World” for two years. MediaPunch / BACKGRID

Griggs played Stephanie Hobart on “One Life to Live” in a total of six episodes in 1991. She went on to play Maggie Cory on “Another World” for two years.

She later starred in films such as 2003’s “Severe Injuries” and 2010’s “Hellweek.”

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