Brutal bird smugglers get jail time after convictions for capturing birds in Everglades
Three South Florida men who made up half of a sophisticated bird-smuggling operation will spend between six and 15 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Greenberg announced this week.
The men, sentenced last month, were convicted of poaching more than 400 songbirds, using elaborate methods including solar-powered bird callers that led to sometimes brutal results. During a lengthy investigation by state and federal wildlife agencies, investigators found that the men often maimed the birds or left them tangled in nets. One smuggler nailed a loggerhead shrike, which he believed was hurting business, to a cross, investigators said.