Earlier this week, we blogged about this Great Blue Heron, brought to our San Francisco Bay center last weekend with gunshot wounds a wing fracture. This animal was rescued in Hollister, CA by our friends at Wildlife Emergency Services, which secured an initial $5,050 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this crime.
We’re pleased to report that the Animal Legal Defense Fund has now added an additional $1,000 to the reward, along with $200 from an ALDF supporter. The reward now stands at $6,250.
Great Blue Herons are federally protected birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) currently is seeking information on this federal crime, which is punishable by a fine of up to $15,000 and a jail sentence of up to six months. Anonymous tipsters can call the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s CalTip line at 888-334-2258 or the USFWS at 650-876-9078.
Wildlife Emergency Services has created a bilingual flyer for this reward, shown below.