$40K Reward Offered for Condor Shooter
Green groups hire private eye to probe California attack
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2009 4:18 AM CDT
A California Condor flies under the sun in the Los Padres National Forest east of Big Sur. Two of the endangered birds were found in the area with shotgun injuries.   (AP Photo/Ventana Wildlife Society, Joe Burnett)
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(Newser) – Environmental groups probing the shotgun shooting of two California condors have hired a private eye and raised $40,500 in reward money for information leading to the culprits, the Los Angeles Times reports. The condors—two of just 81 in California and 322 in the world—were found last month suffering lead poisoning from shotgun pellets and may never fly again.

"I believe that the reward will loosen tongues in rural areas where times are tough right now," said the private investigator. "These shootings need to stop right now."