Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

February 26, 2008 

Contact:  Bonnie Bell 435-865-0861
              
Barb Perkins 303-236-4588       

Peregrine Falcon Shot on Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

- Reward Offered -

 

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the shooting death of a peregrine falcon on Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge near Brigham City, Utah.  The shooting occurred during the early morning hours of November 15, 2007.  Waterfowl hunters in the area heard the shot and later found the peregrine falcon along the dike in the Refuge’s Hunting Unit #3.  A four-door dark-colored truck pulling a duck boat was observed leaving the area shortly before the falcon was discovered.

 

Peregrine falcons are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Killing a peregrine falcon is a federal offense carrying a maximum penalty of a $15,000 fine and 6 months in jail.

 

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact one of the following:

 

Refuge Officer Greg Mullin, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge: 435.734.6435

Special Agent Bonnie Bell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cedar City Office: 435.865.0861

 

Callers may remain anonymous.

 

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