Duck killer on the loose, note left at scene. http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-web-meriden-duck-0122jan22,0,2841234.story MERIDEN - It was a feathered friend to many, who would feed it and even name it. So when it turned up dead at Hubbard Park probably at the hands of a human people cried foul. First, three local businessmen pledged to pay a $1,500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing what police are referring to as "a long-necked duck." Then, Charlie Spinaci, owner of A-Z Rentals in North Haven, said he'd make it an even $2,000. Spinaci visits the park a few times a year but isn't familiar with this particular bird. He is a parrot owner, though, and is generally fond of winged creatures. "It really got me going when I saw that somebody killed that goose," he said this morning. Sgt. Leonard Caponigro said the bird was found dead at the park on Jan. 12. "It looked like it had been run over," he said. The bird had a wound about as wide as a car tire, he said. There was a sign it wasn't an accident: A note was left at the scene, he said. The note, which lacked punctuation, reads: "Killed with intent how pathetic we are as a species" But there's very little evidence, Caponigro said. "Unfortunately, without a witness to this, it's virtually impossible to figure out who did it," he said. He hopes people will respond to the publicity about the dead bird, which he describes as "odd-looking," with a bump on its head and an orange beak. A police department custodian used to take his children to see the bird, Caponigro said. Some parkgoers even named it, the Meriden Record Journal reports.