Jim Neiger could face one year in prison
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.