SUWANEE, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — A reward of $5,000 is being offered in the ongoing search for the killer of several local swans.
A total of eight swans have been killed in Suwanee over the past few years, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
In the effort to find the perpetrator, the Humane Society of the United States and the Rosemoore Lake area are teaming up to offer the reward to anyone with information leading to the case’s resolution.
At first, the reward offered amounted to $2,500 – then the Humane Society stepped in to double the offer.
“We do this around the country,” Jessica DuBois, state director of the Georgia Humane Society, told the paper. “Since [the killings] kept repeating, we need to help them get to the bottom of this.”
The birds have reportedly been shot and killed with an air rifle. One was allegedly found buried in the yard of a neighborhood resident.
Swans were introduced to the area in an effort to curb the goose population. They soon became a beloved fixture of the community, however.
Resident Eugene Pikous told he Journal-Constitution that the swans gave him incentive to move to the area.
He added, “This is just vicious.”