Date: 10/8/19 3:28 pm From: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> Subject: Re: [birders] Fwd: Two New Boston men confess to killing eagle in Manistee
Seems to me they could have found enough geese to kill at home and saved a lot of driving. Hunting, catch-and-release fishing, whatever.....some humans just enjoy inflicting pain on creatures. I watched a squirrel jump off the curb and begin an attempt to cross five lanes of traffic this morning. There were three people in a monster pickup truck in the right-most lane. I was in the lane to the left of the truck and a few seconds behind it. The squirrel jumped off the curb about three seconds ahead of the truck. The driver of the truck never touched the brake pedal or initiated evasive steering. At the last instant, the squirrel reversed its course and returned to the shoulder from which it started. I learn a lot about my fellow humans when I see how they behave. In theory, the driver’s actions were just fine with the others in the truck as well since I saw no evidence of guilting or shaming. “Stupid squirrels should know better” I guess is probably their mindset.
On Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 3:35 PM -0400, "marla andersen" <gavimm9...> wrote:
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From: Michigan DNR <MIDNR...>
Date: Tue, Oct 8, 2019, 12:24 PM
Subject: Two New Boston men confess to killing eagle in Manistee
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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- DNR NEWS -
Oct. 8, 2019
Contact: Lt. Joe Molnar, 231-922-5280
Two New Boston men confess to killing eagle in Manistee
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 Michigan.gov/ConservationOfficers.
/Note to editors: An accompanying photo is available below for download. Caption information follows.
Eagle: 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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