On Feb. 1, 2018 around 5 p.m., Robert Meilhammer, 51, of Crapo, Maryland, was hunting with three others for waterfowl in Easton, near the Miles River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Someone in the group fired on a flock of Canada geese overhead.
A dead goose fell from the sky about 90 feet to the ground and knocked Meilhammer unconscious, causing head and facial injuries, according to Candy Thomson, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
Natural Resources police officers, local sheriff deputies and EMS responders transported Meilhammer by ambulance to an airport and airlifted him to a shock trauma unit.
When Meilhammer came to, he knew who he was but “little else,” said a Natural Resources police officer. Emergency responders with Talbot County described Meilhammer’s head injury as “severe.” The dead goose also knocked out two of his teeth.
Canada geese can weigh about 12 pounds and have a wing span reaching up to six feet.
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