Officials search for Wisconsin osprey, owl shooter. Antigo - U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service officials are searching for whoever is shooting federally protected raptors in Wisconsin. A spokeswoman for the service's Midwest region told Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune Media at least one osprey and one barred owl were shot in Bayfield County in recent weeks. Both species are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. She said the adult male osprey was shot in the wing and was eventually euthanized.
Raptor Education Group director Marge Gibson said an osprey chick later jumped from a nest into traffic and died and Gibson believes the male osprey was the father of the chick in the abandoned nest. The mother osprey's body was later found decomposing nearby. Father, son sentenced in poisoning of bald eagles, other wildlife. A father and son who operate a large potato farm in northern Wisconsin have been sentenced in federal court in Madison with the poisoning deaths of more than 70 wild animals, including at least two bald eagles.
Alvin C. Sowinski was ordered to pay $30,000 and spend 120 days on home detention. He was also placed on probation for one year and his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges were revoked for seven years. His son, Paul A. Sowinski, was fined $10,000 in federal court. The pair was sentenced on Monday, according to the office of U.S. The Sowinskis, who live in the Oneida County town of Sugar Camp, earlier had agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution. According to documents filed by prosecutors, Alvin Sowinski used an insecticide, carbofuran, to poison bait piles to try to kill predators such as coyotes and gray wolves. Baby birds crushed, stomped to death in Winnebago County. 25 endangered tern chicks stomped or beaten to death, DNR says. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was asking the public for help in tracking down someone who killed 25 endangered common tern chicks, officials said Thursday.
The dead animals were either stomped to death or crushed by someone wielding a rock on an island in Lake Butte des Morts, in Winnebago County, the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement said in a press release. The bureau is asking for help from the public in identifying whoever is responsible for killing the chicks, said spokeswoman Joanne Haas. DNR staff members discovered the damaged colony on Tuesday night. The checks were about 2 to 21 days old, Haas said. The common tern prefers shorelines, bays and sand bars of large lakes and rivers, as well as sandy or rocky coastal islands, and marshes, according the DNR website. Armed agents raid animal shelter for baby deer.
—WISN 12 News investigates an operation raising questions about the use of government resources and the state policy that meant a death sentence for a fawn. "It was like a SWAT team," shelter employee Ray Schulze said. Two weeks ago, Schulze was working in the barn at the Society of St. Francis on the Kenosha-Illinois border when a swarm of squad cars arrived and officers unloaded with a search warrant. "(There were) nine DNR agents and four deputy sheriffs, and they were all armed to the teeth," Schulze said. READ MORE: DNR says its receiving death threats The focus of their search was a baby fawn brought there by an Illinois family worried she had been abandoned by her mother. Warning -graphic DeadCoyotes Strung in Tree Boskobel WI. SEE IT: Pranksters force trapped deer to wear t-shirt, could face animal abuse fines (VIDEO) TMJ4 Wildlife officials and police are investigating a filmed prank in Oak Creek, Wisc., in which a group of men trapped a deer and forced it into a t-shirt.
A gang of bored bozos in Wisconsin could be cited for animal cruelty after a video showing them trapping a deer and forcing it to wear a t-shirt went viral. Wisconsin wildlife officials said they'd identified the men and that each could face a $300 penalty for torturing the beast for a few sick laughs. "It's always tough to see someone act like that toward a wild animal," Department of Natural Resources warden Kaitlin Kernosky told local TMJ4 News. TMJ4 In the video, one man held the deer down while another pulled the t-shirt over its head an hooves. Turtle beaten on golf course dies. FREDONIA, Wis. — A snapping turtle found beaten at a Wisconsin golf course has died.
A warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said someone, likely a golfer, struck the female snapping turtle with an iron club at least four times at Delbrook Course in Delavan. One of the blows was delivered to the turtle's head. The DNR posted on its Facebook page Wednesday that the turtle had died. "Basically what we have is 35 individuals on the list, but that doesn't mean that's how many people were golfing, because when they sign up at this golf course they just sign their name and then write plus 3 or however many people are golfing, so we don't necessarily have names of every individual that was there," says Jennifer Niemeyer, a conservation supervisor with the Department of Natural Resources.
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