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Endangered Puerto Rican Parrots Stolen from Federal Aviary
$   $   Reward Offered   $   $  


April 24, 2001

DOJ media contact: Ms. Rosa Emilia Rodriguez, (787) 282-1874
FWS media contact: Agustin Valido, (787) 887-8769 x223
                                Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-7291

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of those involved in the break-in at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aviary located at the Caribbean National Forest. The Federal facility was burglarized on April 22, 2001. An undisclosed number of birds were taken from the facility. This theft is a violation of the Endangered Species Act.

The parrots were being used for a captive-breeding program to reintroduce them into the wild for the purpose of bringing back the only native parrot in Puerto Rico. Less than 50 Puerto Rican parrots exist in the wild, all in the Caribbean National Forest. About 100 parrots, part of the reintroduction effort, live in two aviaries in Puerto Rico. Anyone with information about this incident should call U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Luis Santiago at (787) 749-4338.

For more information about the Puerto Rican parrot reintroduction program, visit: http://southeast.fws.gov/prparrot/index.html .

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 94-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses more than 535 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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