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Iowa wrestler facing additional charges after shooting duck

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - An Iowa wrestler is now facing additional charges after shooting arrows at a duck in the yard of an Iowa City home.

Police say when they confronted Ethen P. Lofthouse Bottorff, better known as Ethen Lofthouse, he admitted to shooting the duck, saying he was planning on eating it.

Iowa City Police and an Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer were called to a home on Jema Court in Iowa City on Friday after receiving a complaint of people shooting arrows at a duck.

Police determined that the duck had been shot and then taken into a garage.

Lofthouse, a senior University of Iowa wrestler from Avon, Utah, was originally cited by Iowa City Police for illegally discharging his bow and for maintaining a prohibited animal. He was cited by the DNR for illegally taking the duck out of season and without required federal and state migratory bird stamps.

After further investigation, Lofthouse was cited for five counts of  failure to register harvested deer with the DNR.

The DNR says Lofthouse shot the deer as part of Coralville's deer management zone hunt, which has been underway since September 14, but never registered his harvest with the DNR.

Hunters who harvest a deer in any Iowa season or management zone hunt must register that harvest with the DNR before midnight on the day after it is tagged.

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