Reward now at $40,000 for information on condor shootings

Birds alive but may be too injured to return to the wild

Conservation groups have added to a reward worth tens of thousands of dollars for information relating to two California condors found with shotgun wounds in Monterey County in recent weeks.

The reward has been increased to more than $40,000, Adam Keats, director of the urban wildlands program for the Center for Biological Diversity, said Thursday

The first incident was reported on March 10 when biologists from the Ventana Wildlife Society found an adult male condor, known as #286, suffering from 15 buckshot wounds from lead buckshot pellets, according to the California Department of Fish and Game.

On March 26, this rare incident became a pattern when a wounded young female condor, known as #375, was discovered in the same area in Monterey County. She had three shotgun pellets lodged in her wing and thigh.

The condor was suffering from lead poisoning, according to the Ventana Wildlife Society biologists who found the bird, which is now being treated at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Both birds are alive, but Keats said it's not yet clear whether they will ever be able to return to the wild. The condors were part of a flock located near Big Sur, he said, and two of only 85 condors living in the wild in California.

"The shooting of these two endangered birds is callous and infuriating," Jennifer Fearing with the Humane Society said Thursday.

The California Department of Fish and Game is investigating the shootings, but spokeswoman Jordan Traverso said Thursday that the department has no information on leads, suspects, or motives.

Keats said the last time a condor was shot was in 2003, and publicity surrounding the incident led to a tip-off identifying the responsible person.

The reward of more than $40,000 is for information leading to the arrest of the person, or people, responsible for the shootings. If convicted, the shooter may face penalties under both state and federal laws.

Center for Biological Diversity,Ventana Wildlife Society,California Department of Fish and Game


Posted by Ken, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 10, 2009 at 8:39 am

Doesn't it feel wrong that there is a $100,000 reward for cutting a fiber optic cable, a $40,000 reward for finding the shooter of a bird that didn't even die, and only a $26,000 reward for apprehending the murderer of an 8 year old girl? Interesting priorities that our society is developing.

Posted by Stan, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 10, 2009 at 10:17 am

Yes, interesting.

Visit the animal shelters in Dublin, they are some of the nicest buildings you'll ever see. Spacious, bright, and clean. Artwork and such.

Then go to a homeless shelter or something and look at the difference. Odd isn't it.

Posted by Qwerty, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 10, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Yes, I agree that it is ridiculous to offer so much more for info on the Condor issue vs. the 8 year old girl who was murdered. What's up with that?

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Web Link Anyone interested in contributing to the SandraCantu reward fund can do so at the Carol Sund Foundation.

Posted by AH, a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm

well u have to remember that its a reward from lots and lots of groups all chipping in. the 8 year old girl reward is from as single family.... but i have to admit u guys are right

Posted by Ken, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 10, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Thanks for the info on the Sund Foundation. My check is in the mail. I did some quick research on the Carol Sund Foundation and they have done good work over many years. I tried contributing online but their paypal link wasn't working. The following information is from the Contra Costa Times:

Cards and condolences to Sandra Cantu's family may be sent to the Tracy Police Department, 1000 Civic Center Drive, Tracy, CA, 95376.

Donations can be sent to the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, 301 Downey Ave., Modesto, CA, 95354, attn. Sandra Cantu.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 12, 2009 at 11:23 am

The Condor is a magnificent bird. The lives of animals are = to the lives of all other living beings.

Posted by Jill, a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 13, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Are you kidding me? I love my animals but lose respect for PETA and groups like this when the rights of animals become elevated above the rights of children. I honestly am dumbstruck and cannot believe this story. Are we supposed to be touched by this? Are we supposed to feel compelled to give? Hell no. These groups lose credence with me when they attempt to solicit funds to save a bird over a child. And those of you on that side, please don't respond, because I won't be back here.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 14, 2009 at 9:42 am

The lives of animals are = to the lives of all other living beings.

Jill, why are you so full of hate?

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