Investigators seek suspect in eagle poaching

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As Mississippi River towns are preparing to celebrate the bald eagle, state and federal investigators are looking for someone who shot and killed one member of the federally-protected non-game species in a field north of Letts in Southeast Iowa.

“This is the first time in my (25-year) career I can remember an eagle being shot, that I personally investigated,” Tom Campbell, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officer in Muscatine and Louisa counties told the Muscatine Journal. Continue reading

In Iowa, poachers’ targets not limited to deer

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Iowa’s whitetail deer are among the recent casualties of poachers. Photo by Matt Reinbold, Flickr.

Iowa has seen a slight increase in poaching this year, and the DNR is looking to publicize those cases as a deterrent, according to a release from the agency.

Iowa’s reputation as a premier hunting ground for whitetail deer has drawn many poachers to the state, but the illegal hunting hasn’t been limited to deer.

Recent targets include turtles, raccoons and even swans. Continue reading