Friday, February 20, 2009

Naples: 7 accused in rare bird kills

Authorities say seven people have been arrested after shooting and killing protected birds in rural Collier County.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the six men and a woman were arrested Tuesday night.

Officers say they found 21 dead birds at the scene, including the protected white ibis and blue heron.

Authorities also found dead tree swallows and cormorants, protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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