Charges filed in shooting of white pelicans at Newton Lake

American white pelicans. (Minnesota DNR)

NEWTON, Ill. — Thanks to information provided by the public, charges have been filed against two Newton teenagers in connection with the illegal shooting of American white pelicans at Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, discovered on April 3.

Five pelicans were found dead at Newton Lake by DNR site staff. Another pelican found shot and wounded was taken to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine for treatment.

Charges were filed with the Jasper County States Attorney on April 14 following an investigation conducted by DNR Conservation Police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Because juveniles are involved in the case, their names are not being released.

The two male subjects are charged with unlawful take of migratory waterfowl with a rifle, unlawful discharge of a firearm from a public roadway, unlawful firing of a rifle over/into waters of the state, and unlawfully disturbing/harassing wild birds by the use or aid of a motor vehicle.

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