Date: 10/8/19 12:35 pm
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Subject: [birders] Fwd: Two New Boston men confess to killing eagle in Manistee
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Date: Tue, Oct 8, 2019, 12:24 PM
Subject: Two New Boston men confess to killing eagle in Manistee
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Conservation officers found the eagle after it had been shot; they then
took it to a raptor rehab facility for evaluation.

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Oct. 8, 2019
Contact: Lt. Joe Molnar <MOLNARJ...>, 231-922-5280
Two New Boston men confess to killing eagle in Manistee
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A 2-year-old female eagle was shot by waterfowl hunters Saturday in
Manistee, Michigan. Conservation Officers Steve Converse and Joseph Myers
found the eagle after it had been shot and transported it to Wings of
Wonder, a raptor education, rehabilitation and research facility in
Leelanau County. Staff there evaluated the eagle, determined it would not
be able to survive surgery, and euthanized it Monday afternoon.

“The pellets caused multiple fractures in both of her wings, some of which
had completely shattered some of the bones,” said Rebecca Lessard, Wings of
Wonder executive director. “There was just too much damage; she was not a
surgical candidate.”

Local fishing guides witnessed the incident. The two men, ages 53 and 24,
both from New Boston, located southwest of Detroit, shot the eagle in a
wooded area near the Bear Creek access site on the Manistee River in Brown
Township. The guides immediately reported the incident to the DNR Report
All Poaching hotline around 8:40 a.m. Saturday.

“I commend the tipsters who reported this crime immediately,” said Chief
Gary Hagler, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “They did the right thing.”

The two guides said that they saw the eagle flying, heard a gunshot and
then saw the eagle fall from the sky. The guides reported seeing the two
men who shot the eagle, about 100 yards away, picking up decoys from the
ground. One of the guides approached one of the suspects and was able to
get his identification. The suspect reportedly said they knew they had
“messed up.”

Converse received the call from the RAP dispatcher and requested assistance
from Myers and the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office. Myers and sheriff’s
deputies were the first to arrive at the access site and were able to
contact the two suspects as they were attempting to leave.

Converse and Myers obtained full confessions from the men.

“They said they saw the bird coming across the sun and thought it was a
goose,” Converse said. “After they shot it, they realized it wasn’t a
goose. When they walked away, they knew it was still alive but claimed they
had no phone service so they couldn’t call to report the eagle.”

One of the river guides escorted Converse and Myers about 1 1/2 miles
downriver from the access site to where the guides believed the eagle went
down. The officers hiked about 150 yards up a hill, where they found the
eagle crawling on the ground just east of the intersection of Kettner and
River roads. One of the sheriff’s deputies provided a dog crate to
transport the eagle to Wings of Wonder.

The DNR will submit its report to the Manistee County prosecutor’s office
to determine if charges will be authorized.

If you witness or suspect a natural resource violation, call or text the
Report All Poaching hotline at 800-292-7800. Dispatchers are available
24/7. Learn more about Michigan’s conservation officers at
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Michigan DNR Conservation Officers Steve Converse and Joseph Myers found
and transported a shot eagle to Wings of Wonder, a raptor education,
rehabilitation and research facility in Leelanau County. Staff there
evaluated the eagle, determined it would not be able to survive surgery,
and euthanized it./

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