Criminal probe in California bird injuries dropped

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Updated: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 01:15:20 EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are no longer pursuing criminal charges against a tree trimmer who injured baby birds outside California post office.

In a statement released this week, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Gavin Shire says the agency in consultation with the U.S. Attorney's Office concluded that no further action was warranted in the case.

The wildlife service had sought criminal charges against Ernesto Pulido after several night herons were injured during the May 3 tree trimming operation in Oakland.

Pulido told the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/SgoB3p) that he was thankful he would not face charges. He has donated $2,500 toward the birds' care and plans to be present when they are released Saturday.

The fish and wildlife service's criminal inquiry had been criticized by Southern California Congressman Darrell Issa.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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