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Birds Are Illegally Shot More Than Previously Known, New Boise State Research Finds

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The long-billed curlew was among the species studied.

 

Over the last decade, scientists have noticed a trend. Out in the field they were seeing more and more dead birds, shot illegally. But previous research had shown this wasn’t really a big conservation issue. Since then, scientists started compiling data and found that birds illegally shot are a much bigger problem than we originally thought.

Joining Idaho Matters to talk about this recent research is Todd Katzner, the head of this Boise State research project, Jay Carlisle, who has studied one bird species specifically for over a decade, Sandy Andor, who worked on the project and works in the community on education efforts, and Charlie Justus, a law enforcement officer working to prevent illegal bird shootings.

 

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Molly Wampler is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Originally from Berkeley, California, she just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. There, Molly worked for her university's newspaper but is stoked to try her hand at and learn all there is to learn about radio journalism.