Dead Goose Fights Back—Hunter Knocked Out by Plummeting Prey

February 2, 2018 Updated: February 3, 2018    

A Maryland goose hunter ended up in the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma unit after someone in his hunting party successfully downed a Canada goose—on the hunter’s head.

Robert Meilhammer, 51, of Crapo, Maryland, was out hunting with three friends on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 1. The group was set up along the Miles River in Easton, Maryland, the Washington Post reports.

A flock of waterfowl flew over, and one of the hunters fired into the air, hitting at least one.

The stricken bird dropped from the sky and landed directly on top of Meilhammer. The impact knocked him unconscious.

Canada Geese fly from the snow covered banks of the River Trent in Nottingham, UK, Jan. 21, 2013. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Canada Geese fly from the snow covered banks of the River Trent in Nottingham, UK, on Jan. 21, 2013. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Maryland Natural Resources Police said in a press release that Meilhammer suffered injuries to his face and head. Candy Thomson, a spokeswoman for the police, told the Post that the blow also knocked out two of his teeth.

His injuries were so severe that he had to be taken by ambulance to Easton Airport, from which he was airlifted to the University of Maryland’s shock trauma unit, CBS reports.

Canada Geese cross in front of Stacy Lewis as she and her caddie walk down the fifth hole during the third round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at the Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, June 7, 2014. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Canada Geese cross the Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Canada, on June 7, 2014. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Canada geese can weigh up to 12 pounds; the Maryland Natural Resources Police said the bird fell some 90 feet. They told the Post that after the impact, Meilhammer knew who he was and “little else.”

An adult Canada goose and goslings swim at Inwood Park in New York on June 5, 2012. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)
An adult Canada goose and goslings swim at Inwood Park in New York on June 5, 2012. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

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