Monday, February 25, 2013

Public’s Help Sought in Swan Poaching Case

      Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding the poaching of a trumpeter swan near the Boise River just west of Star. The swan was probably shot Friday evening, February 22nd.

Photo credit: Matt O'Connell, IDFG
      Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case and callers can remain anonymous. Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty four hours a day.

      At more than 20 pounds, and with a wingspan of eight feet, the trumpeter swan is the largest waterfowl in North America and the largest swan in the world. There is no hunting season on trumpeter swans in Idaho.

      Responding to the initial report, Fish and Game district conservation officer Matt O’Connell found the poached swan at the edge of a pond near Bent Lane. Evidence was collected at the scene, and O’Connell was able to interview witnesses, but he hopes to learn more about the case from others who have knowledge of the poaching incident. “I am very interested in visiting with anyone who has information regarding this poached swan,” O’Connell stated.

      In addition to the CAP hotline, persons may also contact their local Fish and Game office with information regarding this case.

- IDFG -

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