FWC seeks information on ospreys killed in Duval, Nassau
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
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
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
Callers can remain anonymous.
People with information can also report the crime
online through MyFWC.com/Law.