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March 8, 2013

Reward Offered for Trumpeter Swan Shooting in Star, Idaho

Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing a trumpeter swan near Star, Idaho. This reward adds to an existing reward provided by Citizens Against Poaching.

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, a conservation officer found the swan shot at the edge of a pond near Bent Lane. Officers believe the swan was shot in the evening of Feb. 22.

“These swans are majestic birds and the wonton killing of one demands legal justice” said Lisa Kauffman, Idaho state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Citizens Against Poaching for their work to find those responsible.”

Trumpeter swans are protected in Idaho and it is illegal to hunt them. 

Anyone with information concerning the killing of the swan is asked to call Idaho Department of Fish and Game at (208) 769-1414 or the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at (800) 632-5999.

 Poaching:

  • Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are killed illegally each year.
  • It is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.

The HSUS recently doubled its standard poaching reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from HSUS board member Cathy Kangas and her husband Ed Kangas of New Canaan, Conn.

Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information. 

 

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson; 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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