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'Wanton Waste Case' in Idaho Involves 34 Dead Ducks

Department of Fish and Game is asking for public's help to find person who dumped carcasses
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2021 7:44 AM CST
Idaho Officials Want to Know Who Dumped 34 Dead Ducks
A screenshot of the suspect's truck, taken from security camera footage.   (Idaho Department of Fish and Game, via NBC News)

While much of the nation was watching the inauguration events on TV last week, someone was dumping dozens of duck carcasses behind a market outside Boise. Now, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking the public to help it track down who that someone was, seeking any information on what conservation officer Ben Cadwallader calls a "wanton waste case." NBC News reports that 34 dead ducks—19 of them whole carcasses (for the most part mallards), 15 others with the breast meat gone—were found Wednesday behind a Fred Meyer store in Garden City. Footage from a security camera shows a dark-colored Ford Super Duty F-250, model year somewhere between 2008 and 2010, in the area around 8pm, and that vehicle is suspected in the duck dump. Per the agency's website, duck hunting season in the Boise area is still on til Jan. 31, but only seven ducks are allowed per day.

The Oil City News reports it's the fifth such case of wasted game birds since December, which a release cited in the East Idaho News notes is a violation of Idaho law. On Christmas Day, when a call came in about a dozen or so duck carcasses left on the side of the road in McCammon, Nick Noll, a senior conservation officer with the agency, went off on the offenders. "If you harvest waterfowl, it is the law that you take the edible portions of those birds home with you—in this case, the breast meat," he said last month. "It's a shame that these birds were wasted and then thrown off the road in view of the public's eye." Citizens Against Poaching is offering a reward if anyone reports any useful information about the most recent transgression to 800-632-5999. Other numbers to try include the Fish and Game folks at 208-465-8465, or the Idaho State Police at 208-846-7550. (More ducks stories.)

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