$15K reward offered for condor killers

Second condor was found dead on Hot Springs Road east of Old Stage Coach Road in Tulare County


LOS ANGELES — A conservation group has tripled the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for shooting and killing two California condors earlier this year.

Last month, the Center for Biological Diversity announced it had tripled the award to $15,000 for information regarding the May 2018 shooting and subsequent death of a California condor in Tulare County. Condors are protected under California law and the federal Endangered Species Act. The killing was belatedly announced in September by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Another condor was shot in Kern County in July 2018.

“I’m shocked that another California condor has been tragically shot and killed,” said Ileene Anderson, a senior scientist with the Center. “Why it took four months for the Fish and Wildlife Service to announce this illegal killing is unfathomable. We hope this additional reward pushes anyone with knowledge to come forward so this ugly crime can be fully prosecuted.”

The condor was found dead on private property south of Hot Springs Road and east of Old Stage Coach Road in Tulare County, according to news reports. The bird’s cause of death was trauma from a gunshot wound, as determined by a necropsy performed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Forensics Laboratory.

While the species is recovering, only a few hundred California condors exist in the wild.

The Fish and Wildlife Service initially offered a $5,000 reward for information on the perpetrators of this crime.

Anyone with details of the incident should call the Service’s Office of Law Enforcement in Sacramento at 916-569-8476. Callers can remain anonymous.

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