No contest in swan killing

Tuesday, March 6, 2001

Three Schaller men accused of beating a trumpeter swan to death have entered into a plea agreement with the state.

Evan Grieme, Lance Ploeger and Josh Pyle agreed to be found guilty of the December 2000 baseball-bat beating of one of the swans which had been raised in the Buena Vista County Trumpeter Swan Restoration Project and released to the wild.

All three were fined $100 and each must pay $500 in civil damages.

All three are students at Buena Vista University.