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.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Man is arrested for killing 135 hawks and other birds in 'the largest raptor poaching case in California history'

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

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.

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