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