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Idaho woman convicted of killing falcon to save duck

A Mallard duck paddles its way through the waters of the Cannon Hill Park pond Oct. 28, 2008, in Spokane.  The bright colors from the changing leaves reflect on the water's surface. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
A Mallard duck paddles its way through the waters of the Cannon Hill Park pond Oct. 28, 2008, in Spokane. The bright colors from the changing leaves reflect on the water's surface. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

WILDLIFE -- A North Idaho court has ruled that it's best to let predators have their prey, at least in the case of protected falcons.

A woman who was found guilty in connection to the death of a hunter’s falcon will not have her misdemeanor conviction dismissed, nor will she have to pay restitution, according to a report in the Coeur d’Alene Press. Judge James Stow ruled Monday that Patti MacDonald’s conviction for pursuing a protected bird would remain.  

Prosecutors argued that MacDonald fractured the skull of the 8-year-old falcon named Hornet on Jan. 7 trying to save a mallard. Both birds died that day. 

MacDonald is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 28.



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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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