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Howard Co. supervisor charged for shooting at red-tailed hawk

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources filed charges against a Howard County supervisor late last week who is accused of shooting a red-tailed hawk in Cresco.

Donald Burnikel, who is also a member of the Howard County Conservation Board, is accused of pursuing, killing, trapping, buying or selling a protected non-game species, according to court records.

He's also been charged by Cresco Police for discharging a firearm within city limits.

Those court documents, along with witnesses, allege Burnikel shot a red-tailed hawk in a backyard with a hand gun.

Burnikel had no comment for KWWL when those charges first surfaced.

The Iowa DNR says all hawks are protected, not just threatened and endangered species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the red-tailed hawk is a protected bird under both the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

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