Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Reward Offered for Information About the Killing of a California Condor on the Central Coast

The following is a press release issued by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service:

A California Condor [Images from the USFWS]

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the shooting of an endangered California condor found in Hollister, California in July 2022. The condor was found shot multiple times and found dead on private property directly off Lone Tree Road in Hollister. The Service’s Wildlife Forensics Laboratory conducted a necropsy and determined the cause of death to be trauma from a gunshot wound.  

Anyone with information regarding the shooting of this condor is asked to contact the Service’s Office of Law Enforcement in Sacramento, California (916-569-8478) or email Special Agent Victoria Van Duzer (Victoria_Vanduzer@fws.gov). Callers with information may remain anonymous. The Service is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of this condor. 

California condors were listed as endangered in 1967. In the 1980’s, California condor numbers reached a low of only 23 individuals worldwide. Intensive recovery and reintroduction efforts over the past three decades have brought the California condor population up to approximately 400 individuals.  

California condors are protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Taking, shooting, injuring, or killing a condor are violations of these acts. The maximum penalty for a criminal violation of the Endangered Species Act is one year in jail and a $100,000 fine per individual (or $200,000 per organization). The Migratory Bird Treaty Act carries maximum penalties ranging from six months to one year in jail and fines up to $250,000 per individual, depending on whether an individual is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony. 

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