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NEPA urges bird hunters to be on lookout for research pigeon

Published:Saturday | August 16, 2014 | 12:08 PM

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is asking bird hunters in Trelawny to be on the lookout for a white crowned pigeon that has been outfitted with a satellite transmitter.

The request comes as the Game Bird Hunting Season opens today and is scheduled to run until September 21.

NEPA says the bird, which is also known as the Baldplate, was outfitted with the device as part of an ongoing research being undertaken jointly with the US-based Avian Research and Conservation Institute to determine its travel pattern.

The agency says based on recent findings it believes the bird is within the parish of Trelawny and is urging hunters to be on the lookout and to inform field assistants in the event the bird is shot.

NEPA says it will reward the hunter or field assistant who returns the satellite transmitter.

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