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March 11, 2014

Reward offered in shooting of Peregrine Falcon


WAUWATOSA, Wis. —A $5,000 reward is being offered for information regarding a Milwaukee shooting of an endangered Peregrine falcon. The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering the reward.


Humane Society officials said the bird has seven shot pellets still inside her as well as a broken collar bone which could prevent her from flying.

"This bone is really a critical structural component of her ability to fly, her shoulder system," said Scott Diehl of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

The bird, named Madame X, is in stable condition.

The We Energies Foundation made a $2,500 donation toward the falcon's medical treatments.

Peregrine falcons are native to Wisconsin, but became endangered in the 1960s when the use of the pesticide DDT made their egg shells fragile.

Madame X hatched her first chicks last spring at the We Energies power plant in Wauwatosa.

"It's very disheartening at We Energies to hear about this and (we) urge the public, if they heard or saw anything to please call authorities and report," We Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schulze said.

The wildlife manager caring for the falcon believes she was shot close to where she was found.

"We know that there's a clear link between violence against animals and violence against people," Diehl said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call West Allis CrimeStoppers at 414-476-2274. Callers with information can request confidentiality.


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