Ducks Unlimited director fired for shooting swan |

Ducks Unlimited director fired for shooting swan

The Associated Press

RENO ” A former official of the conservation group Ducks Unlimited has been cited ” and fired ” for illegally shooting a swan in a Nevada game refuge, wildlife officials said.

Alexander “Shay” Byars, formerly the regional director in Nevada and Arizona for Ducks Unlimited, was cited for four misdemeanor violations in connection with the Nov. 29 shooting at Ruby Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, said Rob Buonamici, chief game warden for the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Byars was fired because of the incident, said Alan Wentz, group manager for Ducks Unlimited.

“Ducks Unlimited takes any game violation seriously, and we encourage the state of Nevada and the Fish and Wildlife Service to fully investigate this incident and take all necessary and appropriate actions against any violator,” Wentz said in a news release.

“Mr. Byars was released from employment by Ducks Unlimited as a result of his poor judgment, including his handling of accusations related to this incident.”

Bail for the violations is $2,552, and Byars also faces a $2,000 civil assessment.