No arrest yet in shooting of trumpeter swan

2012-10-08T14:46:00Z 2012-10-09T00:14:25Z No arrest yet in shooting of trumpeter swan Mason City Globe Gazette
October 08, 2012 2:46 pm

MASON CITY — No arrests have been made yet in the weekend shooting of a trumpeter swan at Lime Creek Nature Center.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Ben Bergman said a caller reported seeing someone shooting at the swans Saturday morning.

Bergman said the DNR has received seven to eight calls from citizens who may have seen a suspicious vehicle.

One swan was killed and a second swan may have been wounded.

The swans were apparently flying over the quarry just east of U.S. Highway 65 when they were shot.

“We’re behind the 8-ball already. We’re still putting pressure down and hopefully somebody talks,” Bergman said.

“In these types of things, people do talk.”

Trumpeter swans are a protected migratory bird, Bergman said. It is illegal to shoot them.

The swans are North America’s largest migratory bird.

“There is no mistaking the identity of such a bird. You have to be able to discern between a Canada goose and a trumpeter swan,” Bergman said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Bergman at 641-425-0828 or Conservation Officer Matt Washburn at 641-425-0822.

-- By Peggy Senzarino

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