COPY-Dead birds found and vandalism at Richland School District
RICHLAND CENTER (WKOW) --- Vandalism was found Wednesday at multiple locations in the Richland School District.
A maintenance employee found a portable potty and irrigation equipment tipped over at the athletic fields Wednesday morning.
Later in the day, a High School Ag teacher found damage to the pheasant-raising project and dead birds.
Two sheds were found to have been forced open and feeding and watering mechanisms were damaged. The teacher also says there were 39 birds found dead.
The Richland Police say there are 150 pheasants in the program. 39 were found dead while about 40 of them remain. They say the others could escape due to the destroyed sheds.
The pheasant raising project has been operating for sixteen years. It involved a group of 5-10 FFA students who raise day-old chicks from June to October and then release them into the wild to help promote wildlife conservation.
Richland Center Police ask if you have any information in these crimes they believe to be related, call 608-647-2103.
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