7 arrested for killing protected birds

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say seven people have been arrested after shooting and killing protected birds in rural Collier County.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the six men and a woman were arrested Tuesday night. Three have been charged with felony trespassing with a firearm. The other four are charged with misdemeanor trespassing. Authorities say more charges
are pending.

Officers say they found 21 dead birds at the scene, including the protected white ibis and blue heron. Authorities also found dead tree swallows and cormorants, protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Fish and Wildlife officials called the killings "a truly a heinous act."

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