German police look into killing of rare bird and vigilantes’ payback

The wood grouse, which is on the endangered species list in Germany, is also known as a western capercaillie or a heather cock.CreditCreditArterra/Universal Images Group, via Getty Images
The wood grouse, which is on the endangered species list in Germany, is also known as a western capercaillie or a heather cock.CreditCreditArterra/Universal Images Group, via Getty Images

BERLIN — It was a most surprising case for the police: An endangered bird may have attacked two men in a forest, they attacked and killed the bird, and a crowd attacked the two men. Less surprising, alcohol was involved.

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