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Subject: INFORMATION SOUGHT ON PEREGRINE FALCON SHOOTING
Author:  Department of Natural Resources publications list 
<DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.STATE.MI.US> at SIERRACLUB
Date:    11/28/00 5:28 AM


     
     
     
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 28 NOV 00
CONTACT: Raymond Rustem, 517-373-2457
     
INFORMATION SOUGHT ON PEREGRINE FALCON SHOOTING
     
LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is 
offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the 
arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot and 
killed a peregrine falcon in or around Muscamoot Bay on Lake 
St. Clair. The reward is being funded from the Nongame Fish 
and Wildlife Fund and the Report All Poaching program.
Based on the condition of the bird when it was found, it is 
estimated the peregrine falcon was shot last Tuesday or 
Wednesday, November 21 or 22. An observant waterfowl hunter 
noticed the bird Wednesday near his equipment and brought it 
to the DNR's Harsens Island headquarters. The injured 
peregrine was transferred to a local veterinarian for care; 
however, it died later that day.
A leg band revealed the bird was a first-year bird that 
fledged last spring in Chicago. After fledging, immature 
peregrines often spend a couple of years traveling regional 
areas until selecting a territory site.
Even though peregrine falcons have been removed from the 
federal endangered species list, they remain on the Michigan 
endangered species list. "Although we have had peregrines 
accidentally killed or injured by vehicles or wires in the 
city, this is the first event we know of where a bird has 
been shot." said Raymond Rustem, DNR Natural Heritage 
Supervisor. "It is even more tragic because the restoration 
of falcons has been a regional project. This bird may have 
been a potential breeding bird in Michigan."
Southeast Michigan has been home to as many as five nesting 
pairs of birds. They are regularly seen near the Fisher and 
Book buildings, which are located in downtown Detroit. 
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to 
call the RAP hotline at 800-292-7800.
     
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