Illegal bird killings

A bird is one of two recently found dead on Sixth Street in Yucaipa. 

A Yucaipa resident on Sixth Street reported a couple of dead birds, which she deemed to be shot, on June 30. This is in addition to at least four dead birds that were allegedly found shot in the middle of the road during the past several days.

Kandie Barnett Cansler, local wildlife rehabber, said the pair of dead birds included one red shouldered hawk and one cooper hawk.

The red-shouldered hawk and cooper hawk are revered medium-sized hawks and are permanent residents of the area, although some migrate to Mexico.

“These hawks are great rodent control, are beautiful to watch and listen to, when they call to each other,” she said. “It breaks my heart to see what are probably a mature pair killed like this. Hopefully the person responsible will be caught and pay the price for these actions.” 

Rick Fischer, game warden for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Inland Deserts Region said, under state law it is illegal to shoot birds.

Fischer said he needs more than a carcass of the bird to conduct an investigation.

Anyone with information, can contact CAL TIP at 888 334-2258. Callers can remain anonymous and there may be a reward if the person(s) shooting the birds are convicted.

The News Mirror will continue to follow the story.  

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