Saturday, February 21, 2009

Avian ecologist says seven charged with killing 21 wading birds should ‘hunt each other’ (updated)

Via EMail: by Aida

By RYAN MILLS (Contact)
Originally published 8:19 p.m., Thursday, February 19, 2009
Updated 7:54 a.m., Friday, February 20, 2009

On Tuesday night, 21 wading birds dropped abnormally from the skies above Goodland, victims of what authorities say appears to be a small group of people with guns who waited for the birds to return to roost, and then shot them for no other reason than to watch them fall.

“Basically they were sitting in the birds’ bedroom waiting for ... the birds to return to go to bed for the night,” said Officer Dan Sterman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who was working on land patrol nearby and heard the volley of gunshots.

The gunfire came from the direction of a bird rookery near Curcie Lake, off County Road 92 between U.S. 41 East and Goodland.(read more)

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