Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Jim Steffen is looking for the person who shot and killed a trumpeter swan in the northern part of Kandiyohi County.
Steffen told the West Central Tribune the carcass of the protected species was found along a secluded gravel road near a large slough and estimates the bird was killed about 10 days ago.
The trumpeter was hunted to extinction in Minnesota for its feathers and meat. The DNR reintroduced the species in 1987 with a 21-bird release in Becker County financed by the Non-Game Wildlife Fund.
They’re offering a “Turn in Poachers” award for information leading to conviction.
The killing occurred west of Timberlake Road along 240th Avenue Northwest where it rims a wetland on the south.
Information can be given by calling 320-366-3952, or on the TIP line at 800-652-9093.