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Arrest warrant issued for Maryland man accused of addressing a pelican and publishing of videos

A brown pelican
(Reuters)

The Maryland man accused of trying to catch and tackle, a federally protected pelican in Florida is now wanted by the police.

Authorities issued a warrant for the 21-year-old William Hunter Hardesty, who is accused of spending 12 minutes trying to catch the migratory birds, while on the Key West Historic harbor on 5 March.

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Hardesty, who has a criminal history of assault in Maryland, posted a Facebook video of the incident on 8 March.

He seems to have a fish in his hand as he leans over the water near the edge of a port geotagged to the Florida Keys. He then jumps out of the harbor and land on the top of the pelican. He struggles with the bird for a moment before holding his wings. The bird gets the last laugh but if the hits on the suspect in the face with her beak, and flight.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers investigated the incident, in which the allegations in a 10-page warrant.

Monroe County Circuit Judge Timothy Koenig signed the warrant and set a total bond of $ 80,000 on Hardesty’s arrest, The Miami Herald reported.

“He will be arrested on the charges of the warrant, and he will be formally charged at an arraignment when he comes to the court,” Monroe Attorney Dennis Ward said Thursday, adding that the costs are five violations.

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Ward said residents in Florida are “protective” of all of their natural resources and “they are very valuable for our environment down here.”

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