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  • A scruffy looking white-tailed deer that appears to be ill and underweight.

    Stopping a killer

    October 26, 2018 | 6 minute readAtlanta, Georgia — Two Louisiana men, who plead guilty to smuggling diseased white-tailed deer into Mississippi, were recently sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $140,000 in fees and fines. The punishment sent an unmistakable message that law enforcement and conservation agencies take very seriously the threat chronic-wasting disease (CWD) poses to the South’s deer and deer-hunting industry. Their fears are well-founded. A sickly white-tail tested positive for CWD near Tupelo in early October. Learn more...

    A white-tailed deer with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Photo by Wyoming Game and Fish Dept.

  • Four released birds spread their wings and take flight towards the blue sky.

    Taking flight to freedom

    April 17, 2018 | 6 minute readAbout 130 birds were released April 14 into Florida’s River of Grass by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials and partners at Everglades National Park headquarters near Homestead, Florida. The birds had been bought by undercover agents from illegal trappers and traffickers, and seized in a series of arrests in the days leading up to the release. Learn more...

    Migratory birds take to the skies after being uncaged at Everglades National Park. The birds had been seized as part of Operation Ornery Birds. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

  • Three men standing together look on at a drone they’re controlling

    Unmanned Aircraft Systems take flight in Southeast Region

    December 20, 2017 | 3 minute readHave you heard the latest buzz? It’s not a rumor. That buzz is the sound of four whirring propellers that are part of the newest addition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) aircraft fleet. The Service recently purchased 35 3DR Solos, or drones. Also called unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), these drones have been used for more than a decade by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management and U. Learn more...

    Jason Duke (middle), R4 GIS Coordinator and John Edwards (right), R4 IT Specialist for north Florida, practice flying the 3DR Solo UAS with DOI Office of Aviation Services instructor pilot Steve Stroud (left). Photo by USFWS.

News

  • A small deer in the trunk of a car.

    Defendants sentenced for illegal take of endangered Key deer

    November 1, 2017 | 3 minute readTwo South Florida residents, who captured and restrained three Florida Key deer on Big Pine Key, were sentenced Oct. 31, 2017, in federal court in Key West for violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Erik Damas Acosta, 18, of Miami Gardens, and Tumani A. Younge, 23, of Tamarac, previously pled guilty for their involvement in the July 2, 2017 incident in Monroe County, Florida. United States District Court Judge Jose E. Read the full story...

    One of three Key deer found in the car of two South Florida residents. Photo by USFWS.

  • Owner of Arecibo aquarium business pleads guilty to two federal Lacey Act felonies for illicit trafficking of protected corals

    August 23, 2017 | 4 minute readAristides Sanchez, a resident of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty today to two felony violations of the federal Lacey Act for collecting, purchasing, falsely labeling, and shipping protected marine invertebrate species as part of an effort to subvert Puerto Rican law designed to protect corals and other reef species, the Department of Justice announced. Sanchez was the owner of the Arecibo-based saltwater aquarium business, Wonders of the Reef Aquarium. A large part of the business was devoted to the sale of native Puerto Rican marine species that are popular in the saltwater aquarium trade. Read the full story...

  • A mature bald eagle with white head and dark brown feathers perched on a dead tree limb just over a giant nest.

    Federal and state officials request assistance in investigation of bald eagle nest destruction

    July 20, 2017 | 2 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) are requesting assistance with an investigation of the destruction of a bald eagle nest. An active bald eagle nest was destroyed in Berkeley County, South Carolina, in June 2017. The nest was in an area of woods being logged near the junction of Crowfield Boulevard and Corporate Parkway in Goose Creek, S.C. The Service is offering a reward of $1,000 for information that leads to successful prosecution in this case. Read the full story...

    Bald eagle perched at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by USFWS.

  • An adult bald eagle soars in front of a bright blue sky

    Service offers $2,500 reward for information in death of bald eagle in Centre, Alabama

    March 10, 2017 | 1 minute readWildlife investigators are offering a reward of $2,500 for information related to the shooting death of a bald eagle in Cherokee County, Alabama. The bald eagle was found in a community east of Centre near the intersection of County Roads 13 and 637. The Service is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to a conviction. To provide information, contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, in Wetumpka, Alabama, 334-478-7900. Read the full story...

    A bald eagle in flight at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tom Koerner, USFWS.

  • Two veterinarians hold and measure an injured bald eagle.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers reward for information in Tennessee bald eagle deaths

    February 14, 2017 | 2 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot two bald eagles in the Tennessee River Valley recently. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and the Service are investigating the shootings. There is a separate reward for each eagle. “We are especially angered by these actions because it is nesting season,” said TWRA Wildlife Sergeant Chris Combs. Read the full story...

    Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Avian and Exotics Resident, and fourth-year veterinary student Timothy Pearson from the Avian and Exotic Animals Service at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center examine a bald eagle that was shot. Photo: Avian and Exotic Animals Service at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center.

  • A dead, juvenile bald eagle.

    Wanted: information about a bald eagle killed in Hamilton county, Tennessee

    May 12, 2016 | 1 minute readA bald eagle was found dead by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officers on March 9, 2016, in the Lost Lake Subdivision area of Hamilton County, Tennessee. Investigators believe the bald eagle was shot sometime between March 1 and March 9, 2016. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for this unlawful act. Read the full story...

    Dead juvenile bald eagle found in Hamilton County, TN. Photo by USFWS Forensics Lab.

  • A bald eagle perched with its wings spread.

    $7,500 reward offered for information in death of a bald eagle in Boligee, Alabama

    April 29, 2016 | 2 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of $2,500 to help find who shot a bald eagle in Boligee, Alabama. The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are adding $5,000 to the reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. The bald eagle was found on private property, north of the intersection of County Road 138 and U. Read the full story...

    A bald eagle prepares for flight. Photo by Richard Keen / RMA.

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