Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, September 10, 2018

Contact: Ileene Anderson, (323) 490-0223,

$15,000 Reward Offered in Shooting of Endangered California Condor

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity today tripled the reward to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the July 2018 shooting and subsequent death of a California condor. Condors are protected under California law and the federal Endangered Species Act.   

“California condors have teetered on the brink of extinction for decades. The last thing these magnificent birds need are idiots shooting them,” said Ileene Anderson, a senior scientist with the Center. “We hope this additional reward prompts anyone with knowledge to come forward so this crime can be fully prosecuted.”

According to news reports, a California condor was found shot and missing several tail feathers on private property on Hudson Ranch Road, about five miles southeast of the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Kern County. Tragically, the condor died from the trauma of the gunshot wound.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initially offered a $5,000 reward for information on the perpetrators of this crime.

Anyone with details of the incident should call the Service’s Office of Law Enforcement in Sacramento at (916) 569-8476. Callers can remain anonymous.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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