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Swan killing nets fine for Wallaceburg man

A Wallaceburg, Ont., man who ran down and killed a family of swans last summer has been fined $1,000.

A Wallaceburg, Ont., man who ran down and killed a family of swans last summer has been fined $1,000.

Nathan Salisbury, 27, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Chatham to two Ministry of Natural Resources charges: unlawfully using a boat to kill wildlife and unlawfully hunting a migratory bird.

The prosecutor said Salisbury was driving his motor boat on Running Creek in Wallaceburg in July when he intentionally plowed into a family of mute swans.

An adult male was killed instantly, and court heard Salisbury hid the mangled body in reeds three kilometres down river.

Another young swan died the next day.

In addition to the fine, Salisbury was ordered to forfeit his boat and motor, and is banned from hunting migratory birds for a year.

Mute swans are all white, and have orange and black bills with a knob on top.

Their name comes from the fact they are less vocal than many species of swan.

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