Thieves strike for second time
HENNEPIN — A bronze sculpture of Mallard ducks which stood atop the entrance to the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, located just south of Hennepin, was stolen by thieves sometime between July 17 and 18.
"The ornamental sculptures are valuable works of art that were specially made for TWI in honor of the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge’s dedication in 2005. The 3,000-acre Refuge is private property that The Wetlands Initiative (TWI) makes available to the public 365 days a year for hiking, bird watching, nature viewing, photography, and more. We are saddened and concerned that this artwork welcoming visitors to the Refuge has been taken," Paul Botts, TWI’s president and executive director, said in a press release.
The statue was one of a matching pair which adorned the gateway to the refuge created, owned, and managed by TWI. Unfortunately, the other duck statue was stolen in the spring of 2017 and has not been recovered. Anyone with information regarding these thefts should contact the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.