By: Benjamin J. Gohs, Associate Editor
The remains of a swan were found behind the fish cleaning station in Boyne City recently, and the DNR wants to know who killed it.[private]
A protected species, killing a swan is a misdemeanor which carries a sentence of up to 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 in fines.
“The people that clean the fish cleaning station found the remains of a swan,” said Michigan Department of Natural Resources officer Andrea Erratt.
Erratt was unable to determine the cause of death because the evidence was moved before she had a chance to investigate the scene.
“I have no way of knowing because (the cleaning people) got rid of it, I just got a picture,” she said. “They took a picture and turned it over to city police, and they turned it over to me, so I wasn’t able to examine it for bullet holes or anything.”
According to Erratt, the swan was dumped between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday Aug. 31,at the fish cleaning station which resides across Lake Street from the Glen’s Markets Plaza in downtown Boyne City.
“I got the call from Boyne City Police Department, so I picked up just some feathers that they saved for me so we could do DNA or something on the meat,” Erratt said. “They said it appeared to have been gutted or cleaned like a game bird would be, they also said a seagull had been dumped there on Monday (Aug. 29) and they didn’t think much of it.”
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the DNR’s “Report All Poaching” line at (800) 292-7800.
“The guys at the station say they talked to some of the regulars, but there were no witnesses,” Erratt said. “Until somebody comes forward, there’s nothing I can do.”[/private]