Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
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‘The local raptor population may take years to recover from these killings’

Red-tailed hawks were among the dead raptors in what is being called the biggest instance of raptor poaching in California history. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Wildlife officials have arrested a California man in what they call the biggest instance of raptor poaching in state history.

Red-tailed hawks were among the dead raptors in what is being called the biggest instance of raptor poaching in California history. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Richard Parker, 67, was arrested after authorities discovered 126 dead raptors, two dead bobcats and a stuffed mountain lion on a rural property near a wildlife refuge in Standish, Calif.

Some of the birds were identified as red-tailed hawks. At least one was an owl, and another was a migratory ferruginous hawk.

Parker is accused of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by taking migratory non-game birds, among other charges. He faces up to a six-month jail sentence, a $5,000 fine for every illegally killed raptor, a $10,000 fine for the mountain lion and potential federal penalties.

“Poaching crimes of this egregious nature against raptors is unprecedented in California,” David Bess, deputy director and chief of the law enforcement division with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a statement. “The local raptor population may take years to recover from these killings.”

— Greenwire

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