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Idaho woman guilty of misdemeanor following falcon's death

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho woman has been found guilty of pursuing a protected bird after an attempt to save a duck from a hunter's falcon ended with the death of both birds.
    
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports (http://bit.ly/1HaYm3G) that the Kootenai County jury last week found 60-year-old Patti MacDonald guilty of the misdemeanor charge but not guilty of a second misdemeanor of beating or harassing an animal.
    
Prosecutors argued that MacDonald fractured the skull of the 8-year-old falcon named Hornet on Jan. 7 trying to save a mallard.
    
MacDonald testified in her defense and discounted reports that she told others she beat the falcon with a beaded scarf, saying she doesn't own such a scarf.
    
MacDonald faces six months in jail and a $1,000 fine at her sentencing on July 28.

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