Ankeny man charged for shooting 6 trumpeter swans
December 9, 2019 12:39PM CST
ANKENY — A central Iowa man may face stiff fines after killing six trumpeter swans.
Acting on a tip, the Iowa DNR sent a conservation officer to Paul Errington Marsh, near Ankeny, on Friday where the officer witnessed a man shooting a trumpeter swan.
As the officer approached, the man shot a second swan and had several others dead nearby. The DNR says 28-year-old Loai Abdulal of Ankeny says he mistook the swans for geese.
Abdulal’s shotgun was seized and if convicted, he’ll face a $1,500 civil penalty for each of the six birds.