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Charges filed against Iowans accused of shooting, killing trumpeter swans

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating after three Trumpeter swans were found dead from gunshots. 
DNR officers found three dead Trumpeter swans hidden from view in a duck blind four miles south of Fort Madison on the Mississippi River on October 18.
Two men pleaded guilty to unlawful take of a protected non-game species, failure to exhibit game to a conservation officer and abandonment of dead wildlife tied to the incident. Robert Holbert, 70, from Fort Madison and Vinson Davis, 59, from Keokuk are both responsible for paying $1,500 in restitution for each of the three Trumpeter swans. Holbert is also charged with abandonment of dead wildlife for a wood duck left in a blind; Davis is charged with use of lead shot while waterfowl hunting.
A third man, James Conaway, 84, from Fort Madison is pleading not guilty to the charges; however, if he's convicted he'll face restitution costs as well.
On top of the charges, three shotguns, an all-terrain vehicle and a rowboat were seized in the investigation. 
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