SUNRIVER, OR -- The reward for information regarding the Thanksgiving Day shooting of a Sunriver swan has increased again. The Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory announced Friday the reward is now $4,000, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever shot 'Chuck', Sunriver's famed Trumpeter Swan.
Lake Aspen's remaining swan, 'Gracie,' will be introduced to a new mate as soon one is provided by the Nature Center, the Trumpeter Swan Society, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 'Chuck' and 'Gracie' (pictured together, above) were part of Oregon's Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Program.
Shooting a swan in Oregon can lead to a fine and jail time, as they are not considered game birds. 'Chuck' was killed in what local law enforcement calls a willful act. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Sunriver PD at 541-593-1014.