Swans have taken up residence at Lake Clementia.
A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information after a swan was shot and killed Wednesday morning at Lake Clementia.
A Rancho Murieta Association maintenance worker reported hearing what sounded like a gunshot and seeing a swan in flight drop from the sky about 9 a.m. Security responded, the area around the lake was searched, residents hiking the trails around the lake were interviewed, and the Sacramento Sheriff's Department and the California Department of Fish & Game were notified.
"It's illegal to discharge a firearm in that area, and there's definitely no hunting," Security Chief Greg Remson said.
Neighbor Barbara Hunter was walking near the lake at the time.
"I couldn't see anything because I was on the trail on the other side of the lake and the trees were in my way," she said. "I didn't know what it was. It sounded like a cannon. And I thought, well, maybe they're scaring the geese away."
Remson said Security searched for the person who did the shooting but was not successful. Game wardens checked the swan and found an entry and exit wound, and they felt the bird had been killed by a rifle shot, Remson said.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Department of Fish & Game at 1-888-DFG-CALTIP or WeTip at 800-78-CRIME (27463). Callers to WeTip can be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward and can remain anonymous. WeTip can also be contacted online at wetip.com. Information received is provided to the Sacramento Sheriff's Department for follow up.