Mashpee police are searching for a boater who allegedly crashed a vessel into a swan last month at a local pond, in what a witness said was an intentional act that ultimately killed the waterfowl, according to law enforcement officials.
The crash occurred May 12 around 1:15 p.m. on Mashpee-Wakeby pond, Mashpee police Chief Scott Carline said Wednesday. He said a witness reported to the harbormaster that a dark-colored motorboat with red lettering on the stern had struck the swan.
The witness indicated that “it appeared intentional,” Carline said.
He said police were asked to look into the matter on May 31 and found the injured swan the next day at the pond with information from the witness, who knew its favorite spots on the water. The swan was taken to a local animal hospital, where it was euthanized because of its injuries.
“At this point we have not been able to come up with the suspect,” Carline said, adding that investigators have ruled out all participants of a fishing tournament held at the pond on May 12.
The chief said the case was highly unusual.
“I don’t remember anyone intentionally trying to run over a swan,” he said.Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.