SUNRIVER, OR -- Sunriver Police and Oregon State Police Fish and Game believe they've found the man responsible for killing 'Chuck,' the 11-year-old trumpeter swan shot on Thanksgiving. OSP LT. Mark Duncan tells KBND News 23-year-old Jordan Dupuis was cooperative, once he was caught, and confessed to shooting Chuck while duck hunting with friends. No other arrests are expected.
Sunriver Interim Police Chief Scott Hayes says the Bend man was identified through an anonymous tip to the Sunriver Nature Center, "I would say that, clearly, the killing of the swan has been a great impact to our community," Chief Hayes tells KBND News. "I know that Sunriver Nature Center has taken painstaking steps to care for and protect the trumpeter swans, and they're very relieved an arrest has been made in this case, as is the Sunriver Police Department."
Dupuis was cited with a Class A Misdemeanor for willfully killing of the bird, "He will appear in Circuit Court on April 18, at that time, the courts will make a decision. He'll enter a plea of guilty or not guilty, and that will be followed by sentencing."
Photo: Chuck and Gracie with their cygnets, taken on the Deschutes River the day before Chuck was killed. (courtesy Sunriver Nature Center)