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92 shorebirds killed by vehicle

Dec. 30, 2012 at 4:25 PM

SEATTLE, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Nearly 100 shorebirds were killed on a beach in Washington state when a vehicle drove into a flock, officials said.

The incident happened Thursday around 1 p.m., NBC News reported.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife officials were called to the scene where 92 Dunlin shorebirds were found dead.

Investigators have said that a vehicle has to be traveling much faster than the posted 25 mph speed in order to hit these types of birds, KING-TV, Seattle, reported.

Seabirds and shorebirds are protected under law, and a $500 reward has been offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in the incident.

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