Tiffin goose killer gets two years probation, suspended sentence

Aaron Hossler is charged with out of season hunting and illegal means.
Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 9:01 PM EDT
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TIFFIN, Ohio (WTVG) - WARNING: Some viewers may find this video disturbing.

A Tiffin man has been convicted of illegally killing a goose.

Aaron Hossler received a 30-day suspended sentence and was put on probation for two years. He must also pay a $500 fine and take a wildlife education course.

People who live on South County road 19 were outraged by drone video of a man accused of shooting and beating a Canada Goose.

“We have a neighbor that doesn’t like animals. He shoots at them about twice a day,” said concerned resident Joe Irving Sr. “We have the geese on our property also but it’s nature. They are allowed here. They were here before we were,” said Irving.

According to court documents, the 75-year-old Hossler is charged with illegal means and unlawfully hunting.

While Brock Williamson, a state wildlife officer in Seneca County, declined to comment on the case, he did confirm that Canada Geese are federally protected.

He added that the law is very clear about regulations on hunting geese.

“For example it will say you can take them with guns. Things like shovels and vehicles and other things - we get complaints about throughout the year - it’s not permitted,” said Williamson.

You must have a license to hunt them.

“There’s an early goose season in September and then a season comes in October. It comes in and out throughout the month of October, November, December, and January,” according to Officer Williamson.

Hossler pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. His lawyer declined to comment to 13abc.

In the meantime, this neighbor said he doesn’t ever want to see this again.

“We just wanna live in peace that’s all we want to do and we want to get along with the neighbors and nature,” Irving said.

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