February 9, 2010
Rewards Offered in Poaching Incidents on Whidbey Island, Wash.
The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering two rewards of up to $2,500 each for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for two separate incidents of poaching on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, in January and February.
According to a published media report, two separate shootings of red-tailed hawks on Whidbey Island have taken place in the past few weeks. In both cases, the wounds were so severe that the birds had to be euthanized. The first wounded hawk was found off Deer Run Road near Coles Road on Jan. 25. The second wounded bird was reported on Feb. 2 after being found along East Harbor Road near Goodell Road.
“These cases illustrate the callous nature of poachers and their often flippant participation in serious crimes,” said Dan Paul, Washington state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for strongly enforcing anti-poaching laws.”
Red-tailed hawks are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Hunting the birds is not allowed. If convicted, the poacher may face state charges and federal penalties.
Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 to 5 percent of poachers are caught. Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel manners.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the WDFW TIP Hotline at 1-877- WDFW-TIP (933-9847), Monday-Friday during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone calling outside of normal business hours is asked to call the Washington State Patrol at 509-227-6560.
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