By Jordan Turner
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin - Last month a Peregrine Falcon was severely injured by a shotgun wound in the Milwaukee area. The bird is expected to survive, however he will be unable to fly again. Wildlife rehabilitators plan to use him as a living educational bird.
The injured falcon was discovered in a yard outside the Cocktails & Dreams tavern at 55th & Grant in West Allis on February 27th.
Authorities have still not found the person(s) responsible for shooting this endangered bird, so the Humane Society of the United States and the Watertown-based Global Conservation Group are each offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for this act of cruelty.
The Global Conservation Group's Cruelty Investigation Department manager Hunter Shaffer says “Pathetic acts of cruelty like this often lead to crimes against humans according to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations) and should be stopped at all costs.”
The Department of Natural Resources is actively investigating this case, and anyone with information about the incident should call the West Allis Crime Stoppers at 414-476-CASH (2274).
Anyone interested in contributing to the reward fund can email Investigations@globalconservationgroup.org or call 888-959-5403.