Six men accused of luring, smuggling 400 protected birds
Six men are accused of trapping and smuggling over 400 protected birds in the past four years, according to an investigation by the Miami U.S. attorney’s office.
The men used solar-powered electronic bird calls to attract the birds to trees that were coated with adhesives, the U.S. attorney’s office said. They also used mist nets to capture scores of birds from fields during their migrations, according to the accusations.
Some of the birds were injured during trapping. Others were abused by the men, according to the office.
The birds included cardinals, rose-breasted grosbeaks, indigo and painted buntings, and house finches.
Roughly 150 of the birds were released into Everglades National Park over the weekend, said spokeswoman Denese Canedo.
The men could face two to five years in prison for each count of selling or smuggling birds if found guilty.