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Somers Point man arrested, charged with shooting Hawks

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A Somers Point man was arrested today for allegedly shooting four species of hawks in his neighborhood, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

68-year-old Robert Losasso was arrested Friday by special agents of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, and charged by complaint with six counts of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Losasso is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court.

According to the complaint, Losasso fatally shot, and attempted to fatally shoot, with a .22 caliber rifle and a .17 caliber pellet gun, both equipped with scopes, red-tailed hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, red-shouldered hawks, and Cooper’s hawks.

These species are among the tens of thousands of birds of prey that migrate every year from Canada along the Atlantic Flyway through New Jersey.

Neighbors reported to law enforcement that over a period of more than two and a half years they had observed more than 40 dead or injured birds of prey in or around their yards and had sustained what appeared to be bullet holes and pellet marks to their homes.

From December 2012 through April 2013, Losasso allegedly killed, or attempted to kill, three red-tailed hawks, one sharp-shinned hawk, one red-shouldered hawk, and one Cooper’s hawk, all of which are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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