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Reward Offered for Information in California Condor Death

Three partners in the California Condor Recovery Program are offering awards for information regarding the recent death of a rare California Condor. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000, as is The Peregrine Fund. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering up to $1,000.

It is believed that California Condor #186 died sometime between 28 and 30 August in the Kaibab National Forest in northwestern Arizona. Condor #186 a male, was hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo on 15 April 1998. He was transported to The Peregrine Fund's Hurricane Cliffs release site on 8 October 1998 and released with eight other condors on November 18th of the same year.

This condor was expected to begin breeding at the normal age (six or seven years).

Individuals with information they believe may be helpful should call: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent in Mesa, AZ at (480) 835-8289, The Peregrine Fund at (208) 362-3716, or Arizona Game and Fish Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700.

For more information, contact:

Erin Katzner

Director of Global Engagement

Main Phone:208-362-3716

Direct Phone:208-362-8277