WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — An investigation is underway after a swan was apparently shot to death in Warwick’s Gaspee Point neighborhood on Wednesday.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) said it appeared the bird was shot in its face and body. Investigators are working to find out if the swan was shot accidentally or on purpose.
A necropsy is being performed to determine the cause of death and what type of projectile was used.
The DEM issued a reminder that the unlawful killing of a swan can result in a misdemeanor charge which is punishable by a fine of up to $500, up to 90 days in prison, or both.