March 10, 2009
Reward Offered in Nebraska Swan Poaching Case
The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing two swans last week in Dawson County, Neb. Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward.
A news report gives the following account: Someone shot two swans and left them in an irrigation ditch on or around Monday, March 2. If arrested, in addition to state charges, the poacher may face federal charges for violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
"The poaching of these animals is callous and irresponsible," said Lou Guyton, central states regional director for The HSUS. "The HSUS applauds the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for strongly enforcing anti-poaching laws."
Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 to 5 percent of poachers are caught. Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways.
Anyone with information about the case may call Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Conservation Officer Mike Thome at (308)784-4362 or (800)742-7627.
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