Coral Gables

Coral Gables police investigating after macaws found shot, killed

Blue-and-gold macaws visit a feeder at a home in Coral Gables.
Blue-and-gold macaws visit a feeder at a home in Coral Gables. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Coral Gables police officers are investigating a shooting last week that left two birds dead just off busy South Dixie Highway.

An officer arrived at the scene March 23 in the 200 block of U.S. 1 and found two blue-and-gold macaws dead.

Coral Gables police spokeswoman Kelly Denham said the department is at a loss for words over how the incident happened.

“There was no reason to shoot these birds; they fly free, they’re in nobody’s care, they don’t bother anybody,” Denham said.

Police don’t know exactly what weapon was used to kill the birds but believe it was a BB gun or a low-caliber rifle. Denham said there were no rounds at the scene, and police haven’t identified potential suspects.

Local activists and members of the Bird Lovers Club have worked to protect the birds in recent years and to combat poaching. They hope to establish a reward for information on the shooters.

Lance Dixon: 305-376-3708, @LDixon_3

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