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Charges filed in shooting of trumpeter swan


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says charges have been filed against a man from rural Manly for the shooting of a trumpeter swan.

Joshua Ray Sheckleton, 29, is charged with unlawful take of a protected non-game species after shooting a trumpeter swan on Saturday, September 24.

The DNR says a conservation officer arrested Sheckleton after they received a call to the TIP (Turn In Poachers) line.  The officer says that Sheckleton admitted to shooting the swan when it flew by him with a flock of geese at the Manly wastewater treatment lagoons just east of town.

"It is important for Iowa hunters to identify their targets as well as what is beyond their target not only while hunting waterfowl but for all game," DNR Conservation Officer Lucas Dever said in a written statement.

The DNR says they will also seek liquidated damages of $1,500 for the swan.

Trumpeter swans are native to Iowa, but have been considered locally extinct since 1883 when the last nesting pair was documented south of Belmond.  Since the effort to restore trumpeter swans to Iowa was started in the early 1990's, 58 of the birds have been shot in the state.

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