As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Reward offered in shooting of Peregrine Falcon

Endangered falcon found shot outside West Allis bar

WAUWATOSA, Wis. —A $5,000 reward is being offered for information regarding a Milwaukee shooting of an endangered Peregrine falcon.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering the reward.

Officials said the injured falcon was found near 55th and Grant streets on Feb. 27.

Humane Society officials said the bird has seven shot pellets still inside her as well as a broken collar bone which could prevent her from flying.

"This bone is really a critical structural component of her ability to fly, her shoulder system," said Scott Diehl of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

The bird, named Madame X, is in stable condition.

The We Energies Foundation made a $2,500 donation toward the falcon's medical treatments.

Peregrine falcons are native to Wisconsin, but became endangered in the 1960s when the use of the pesticide DDT made their egg shells fragile.

Madame X hatched her first chicks last spring at the We Energies power plant in Wauwatosa.

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