Investigation of bird killings continues
No charges have been filed in case

By Augie Frost Published: July 30, 2008
No arrests have been made in connection with a June incident in which 187 baby barn swallows were killed at Lake Hefner, but officials said the investigation continues.

A special agent from the Edmond office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department investigated the incident. His findings were turned over to the U.S. Attorney's office, but no charges have been filed.

On June 8, a man who had rented a boat slip for his sailboat at the Gate 4 docks allegedly knocked down several dozen nests, killing the barn swallows, police said. The man said he was tired of the mess the birds were making at the dock.

The dock is owned and run by Oklahoma City. The man's privileges to the boat dock were revoked after the incident, a city spokeswoman said.


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Authorities said the investigation into the June deaths of 187 baby barn swallows at Lake Hefner continues. This bird survived the destruction of the birds' nests, but later died. BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

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