Portage police apologize for Sandhill Crane killing

Chief Ken Manthey of the Portage Police Department issued a statement apologizing for the killing of a Sandhill Crane that occurred this weekend.

“The officer involved feels very badly that citizens had to witness this incident; especially if young children observed this,” Manthey said. “In hindsight, he realizes that dispatching this bird on a Sunday afternoon on Labor Day weekend was poor judgment and he should have done things differently.”

According to a release by the Portage Police Department, officers and residents had tried several nonlethal methods to deter the crane from causing damage. They said all had been exhausted and were unsuccessful, so the department applied for a permit to kill the crane, according to the release.

Portage police apologize for Sandhill Crane killing

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