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About 30 egrets found dead near Central, I-235

A cattle egret makes its way across a limb in northwest Wichita in 2013.
A cattle egret makes its way across a limb in northwest Wichita in 2013. File photo

Wichita police officers are investigating after about 30 egrets were found dead in a residential area near Central and I-235, according to a Facebook post from the department.

Officers with Patrol West worked the case “all day” Wednesday, according to the department.

A spokesperson for the department said on Facebook that more information would likely be released on the case Thursday.

Egrets are protected by federal law – it is illegal to kill or injure them. People also cannot harass or move the birds once they have nested.

The department is working with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks on the case.

In Wichita, egrets had been known to roost around the 13th and Doris area for years, sometimes raising the ire of residents. However, last year most of the trees in which they used to roost were bulldozed.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt

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