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$5000 reward offered for info in Peregrine Falcon shooting

 MILWAUKEE - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $5,000 reward for anyone coming forward with information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for the recent shooting of an endangered Peregrine Falcon in West Allis.

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) contacted HSUS to ask for their support in this case. The two organizations are not affiliated, but are both invested in creating a community that treats animals with respect and kindness.  

The injured falcon was discovered in a yard outside the Cocktails & Dreams tavern at 55th & Grant in West Allis on February 27, and promptly brought to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at WHS for care. “Madame X” is in stable condition, but due to the severity of her injuries, her long term prognosis is guarded. She is suffering not only from internal injuries, but a broken coracoid bone, which could prevent her from ever flying again.

Peregrine Falcons are native to Wisconsin, but the widespread use of the pesticide DDT decimated their population by the 1960s.  A reintroduction campaign started by Peregrine Manager/Researcher and Wisconsin native Greg Septon in 1986 has made steady strides in reestablishing the Peregrine Falcon in Wisconsin. There are currently 32 nesting sites in Wisconsin, and Madame X hatched her first chicks last spring at the We Energies power plant in Wauwatosa.  

When the leadership at the We Energies Foundation heard the news about the shooting, they graciously decided to make a $2,500 donation toward the falcon’s medical care and treatment. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society receives no government funding for its work in caring for 5,000 wild animals a year, and this compassionate support from We Energies Foundation is deeply appreciated by the staff and volunteers at WHS.

The Department of Natural Resources is actively investigating this case, and anyone with information about the incident should call the West Allis Crime Stoppers at 414-476-CASH (2274). Callers may request confidentiality in this case, and any tips are appreciated.


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  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014