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Incident at bird sanctuary prompts citizen to offer reward

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A reward is being offered for any information about the decapitation of a wild turkey and destruction of several duck eggs near the J. Kenneth Smith Bird Sanctuary & Nature Center.

Nita Sturges has placed an advertisement in the Roswell Daily Record with her phone number, offering $500 in an effort to find out who is responsible for the incident. She said Friday that she routinely visits the sanctuary and wanted to take some action.

“I’m just so angry about it, I had to do something,” Sturges said.

The carcass of the wild turkey was found Monday or Tuesday on a walking trail at the sanctuary with its head cut off, said Jim Burress, director of Roswell Parks & Recreation. Employees also found several duck eggs by a nearby pond that were broken. The wild turkey carcass was later disposed of, Burress said.

The decapitation of the turkey and destruction of the eggs, Burress said, could very well have been the work of an animal such as a raccoon, skunk or fox.

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People though are assuming the culprit was a person because the area in the past has seen vandalism, Burress said. He added people have been known to fish in that pond, eat the fish and when that happens, sometimes fish heads have been found in the area.

For many the sanctuary is a tranquil setting, but Burress said now people are saddened and feel a loss of security because of what happened.

In response to the incident, Burress said Parks and Recreation personnel and police are increasing their presence in the area and keeping an eye out for suspicious activity.

Sturges said as of Friday she has received one phone call with a possible lead. That information has been relayed to the police.

People with potential leads about the incident can contact Sturges at 575-622-4838 or 575-420-4143.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.