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Investigating Another Painted Animal, FWC Reminds Public It’s Illegal To Paint Birds

FWC Officer Amy Moore and Carol Lyn Parrish
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This white ibis, which was illegally painted, is now in the hands of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter for rehabilitation.

Florida wildlife officials are investigating the illegal painting of another animal. After recent reports about turtles, now officials are seeing the same thing happen to a particular bird.

Last month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stated they’d received multiple reports of people painting the shells of turtles and gopher tortoises. And, last week, FWC officials got a report of a white ibis someone had colored orange. FWC Avian Conservation Coordinator Craig Faulhaber says people need to remember it’s not only illegal, it’s bad for the birds.

“Birds need their feathers for really important functions like flying, regulating their body temperature, and for water proofing their body,” he said. “And, if you’re applying a foreign substance to the feathers, that can interrupt those critical functions.”

The ibis is currently at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter for rehabilitation. Officials are asking anyone who has information about the case or any others to contact the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.