The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding the poaching of a trumpeter swan on the Boise River, just east of Middleton. Department officials said the swan appears to have been killed on or about Dec. 26.
“At more than 20 pounds, and with a wingspan of eight feet, the trumpeter swan is the largest waterfowl in North America and the largest swan in the world. There is no hunting season for trumpeter swans in Idaho,” said Department spokesman Evin Oneale.
The juvenile swan was discovered along the Boise River just upstream from the Lansing Lane Sportsman’s Access area on the afternoon of December 26th. A waterfowl hunter called into the CAP hotline to report the find, Oneale explained.
Fish and Game conservation officer Matt O’Connell collected evidence at the scene, but hopes to learn more about the case from others who have knowledge of the poaching incident. “I am very interested in visiting with anyone who has information regarding this poached swan,” O’Connell stated.
Officials said this case is very similar to another trumpeter swan poaching case that occurred near the Boise River, also just east of Middleton, early last year. In that case, several witnesses provided key information that led to the prosecution of the four swan poachers and a substantial reward for the witnesses.
If you know anything about this case, you are urged to call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 1-800-632-5999 twenty-four hours a day.
CAP is offering a reward for information in the case and callers can remain anonymous.