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New law for illegal bird trapping in Florida

Posted: 3:36 PM, Sep 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-30 23:21:41-04

On Thursday, a new rule will go into effect to help protect native songbirds from illegal trapping.

Florida Fish and Wildlife created the new rule, which prohibits the use, placement, and possession of bird traps.

There are several exemptions; all bird traps must be labeled.

The rule also provides an additional tool to FWC officers to help stop poaching.

The penalty for a first offense is a fine up to $500 or up to 60 days in jail.

And FWC says the illegal trapping is a big concern in Florida.

Back in August, we told you about two separate cases of illegal trappings here in Southwest Florida.

Several birds died or were malnourished.