It's another reminder of the cruel realities of mother nature. One of Lansing's beloved wild residents was found dead along the roadside Thursday by a motorist. reports that Viper, a four-year old female peregrine falcon was found on Martin Luther King Boulevard, just south of the Grand River. Though there is no official cause for the death of the raptor, bird enthusiasts suspect that her death was the result of a natural conflict with another female falcon.

Viper was a resident of the Board of Water and Light's Eckert Station towers. BWL established a nesting area for the endangered peregrine falcons 12 years ago. Experts from Michigan State University, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Potter Park Zoo have banded and tracked the birds since then. The results they have achieved are quite impressive. Be sure to click through to the LSJ report to see statistical numbers.