As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 2 March 2014

ENDANGERED BIRDS: Wildlife photographer pleads guilty to violating Endangered Species Act

Jim Neiger could face one year in prison

female (Wikipedia)
KISSIMMEE, Fla. —A local wildlife photographer has entered a guilty plea to violating the Endangered Species Act.

According to court papers, the photographer in question was observed more than a half dozen times by a group of researchers harassing an endangered bird and violating federal law.
Lake Toho is paradise for lovers of exotic bird species. But in some cases, you must keep your distance.

The Endangered Species Act requires people to stay at least 500 feet from nests of the Snail Kite, an endangered raptor.

According to federal court papers, eight times between 2010 and 2011, a group of University of South Florida researchers observed Kissimmee wildlife photographer Jim Neiger wedge his pontoon boat into the reeds near snail kite nests.

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