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Woman charged with killing hunter's falcon to save duck

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An Idaho woman faces charges after authorities say she saw a hunter's falcon down a duck, then beat the falcon to death with a beaded scarf. An Idaho woman faces charges after authorities say she saw a hunter's falcon down a duck, then beat the falcon to death with a beaded scarf.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

An Idaho woman faces charges after authorities say she saw a hunter's falcon down a duck, then beat the falcon to death with a beaded scarf.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that 60-year-old Patti MacDonald of Hauser is charged with a misdemeanor count of beating or harassing an animal.

Authorities say MacDonald fractured the skull of the falcon, named Hornet, on Jan. 7 after seeing the midair attack and stopping her vehicle to help the duck.

Authorities say an Idaho Fish and Game officer later received an anonymous call from a woman saying she tried to save a duck from a falcon. The phone system identified the caller as MacDonald.

Hornet's owner, Scott Dinger, says MacDonald should be charged with killing a protected species.

It's unclear if the duck survived.

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