The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for illegally killing a trumpeter swan near Star in February.
The reward adds to an existing, undisclosed reward provided by Citizens Against Poaching.
Trumpeter swans have a wingspan of about 8 feet and they weigh more than 20 pounds. They are the largest swan in the world, and it is illegal to hunt them in Idaho.
The poached swan was found at the edge of a pond near Bent Lane by a district conservation officer. Officers believe the swan was shot in the evening of Feb. 22, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
“These swans are majestic birds and the wonton killing of one demands legal justice,” said Lisa Kauffman, Idaho state director for the HSUS, in a press release Friday. “The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Citizens Against Poaching for their work to find those responsible.”