ANTIGO — U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service officials are searching for whoever is
shooting federally protected raptors in Wisconsin.
A spokeswoman for
the service's Midwest region tells (Wisconsin Rapids) Daily
Tribune Media (http://wrtnews.co/VpKEXb
) at least one osprey and one barred owl were shot in Bayfield
County in recent weeks. Both species are protected under the
Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
She says the
adult male osprey was shot in the wing and was eventually
Group director Marge Gibson says an osprey chick jumped from a
nest into traffic and died. The mother's body was later found
decomposing nearby. Gibson says orphaned chicks' options are to
starve in the nest or jump.
She says people
usually shoot osprey because they think birds are eating fish that
people otherwise would catch.