Richard Parker, 67, was arrested after an investigation revealed the carcasses of at least 135 raptors and other birds on his property
Parker may have committed up to 140 violations state and federal violations
Investigators also found dead bobcats and a taxidermy mountain lion
Raptors are protected under state law due to their status as a valuable resource
PUBLISHED: 20:35, 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 20:35, 15 March 2018
A California man has been arrested for what wildlife officials have deemed to be 'likely the largest raptor poaching case in known California history'.
Richard Parker, 67, was booked into California's Lassen County jail on multiple charges March 11, after an investigation that began with an anonymous tip about a man spotted killing a hawk, California Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement on its website Wednesday.
Parker's charges include take of birds of prey, take of migratory nongame birds as designated by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, take of other nongame birds, and possession of wildlife unlawfully taken. Wildlife officials said that additional charges are pending.