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March 8, 2013

$5,000 reward offered in trumpeter swan death

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing a trumpeter swan near Star. The reward adds to an existing reward provided by Citizens Against Poaching group.

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, a conservation officer found the swan shot at the edge of a pond near Bent Lane. Officers believe the swan was shot in the evening of Feb. 22.

“These swans are majestic birds and the wonton killing of one demands legal justice” said Lisa Kauffman, Idaho State Director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Citizens Against Poaching for their work to find those responsible.”

Trumpeter swans are protected in Idaho and it is illegal to hunt them.

Anyone with information concerning the killing of the swan is asked to call Idaho Department of Fish and Game at (208) 769-1414 or the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at (800) 632-5999.

The HSUS recently doubled its standard poaching reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a donation from HSUS board member Cathy Kangas and her husband Ed Kangas of New Canaan, Connecticut.

 

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