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.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Florida Songbird Trafficking Increase Leads To New State Rule

State wildlife officials are drafting a rule to protect Florida’s native songbirds from illegal trapping. Officers are seeing an increase in bird trafficking for the pet industry.
It's illegal to capture songbirds, but wildlife officials say it's hard to make a case when they catch people with empty traps.
"What this rule would do is it would regulate the use, placement, possession and transport of the traps themselves," said  Craig Faulhaber, an avian conservation coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
"And that'll allow our law enforcement officers, if they find traps in the wild, they'll be able to confiscate those traps and help to make cases based on those traps rather than having to wait and hope to find a bird that's already caught in the trap."
He said illegally trapping and selling native songbirds is big business and fairly profitable.
"We think that the numbers are increasing and the process is spreading and so we want to take this opportunity to try and address the problem now," said Faulhaber.

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