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Four men charged for shooting swans

MUSCATINE (KWWL) -- Four Iowa men face citations, fines and restitution for their involvement in the alleged shooting of two trumpeter swans in Muscatine County on Monday, state law enforcement officials said.

Charges of taking a protected non-game species were filed against Zachary Boots, 17, of Fruitland,  Shawn Frye, 34, and James LaRue, 31, both of Muscatine. Also charged with attempting to take a protected non-game species was Matthew Lanman, 18, of Ottumwa.

The incident happened around 7:20 a.m. Saturday. According to reports, Lanman and Boots were hunting waterfowl on the Cedar Bottoms Games Management Area approximately 10 miles west and north of Muscatine when a pair of trumpeter swans glided in. Lanman allegedly shot at one swan and missed, while Boots connected with his shots, State Conservation Officer tom Campbell said. The surviving swan circled the area and was allegedly shot by Frye and LaRue who were hunting nearby. The second bird was a collared swan, Campbell noted.

Boots, Frye and LaRue face fines of $182, while Lanman was fined $116. Liquidated damages of $1,500 for Boots and $750 each for Frye and LaRue were also assessed.

A court date of Dec. 1 has been set.

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