Condor shooting under investigation, found shot in Kern County

Reward offered for information about shooting

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the shooting of an endangered California condor found on a remote private property in Kern County in July 2018.

According to officials, the condor was found shot and missing several tail feathers on private property on Hudson Ranch Road. The location is approximately five miles southeast of the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge.

After conducting a necropsy, the Service's Wildlife Forensics Laboratory determined that the cause of death was trauma from a gunshot wound.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting of the condor is asked to contact the Service's Office of Law Enforcement in Sacramento at (916) 569-8476. Callers may remain anonymous. The Service is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of the condor. 

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