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FWC seeks information on ospreys killed in Duval, Nassau

News Release

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials are requesting the public's help in developing leads into the shooting of ospreys in Duval and Nassau counties.

Over the past three weeks, the FWC has received numerous reports of ospreys being shot. According to investigators, several birds have been killed.

"It's not one specific area where someone is killing these birds," said FWC investigator Lt. Paul Graham. "The birds have been shot in Callahan, around Danes Point Bridge, off Beaver Street and in the Argyle area.  We would like to gather enough evidence to charge those responsible for killing these protected raptors."

The osprey is federally protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act and state-protected by Chapter 68A-16.001 of the Florida Administrative Code. It is a criminal violation to take, possess, buy, sell, purchase or barter any migratory bird, such as the osprey, including its feathers or other parts, nests, eggs or products, unless proper permits are obtained.

"The investigation into who committed this crime is continuing, and a reward is being offered if the information leads to an arrest. Anyone with information can call the toll-free Wildlife Alert number at 888-404-3922 to report the crime," Graham said.

Callers can remain anonymous.

People with information can also report the crime online through MyFWC.com/Law.



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