The Maryland man accused of attempting to catch and sort out a federally protected pelican in Florida is now needed by the police.

Authorities issued a warrant for 21-year-old William Hunter Hardesty, who’s accused of spending 12 minutes attempting to seize the migratory chook whereas on the Key West Historic Seaport on March 5.

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Hardesty, who has a legal historical past of assault in Maryland, posted a Fb video of the incident on March 8.

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In it, he seems to have a fish in his hand as he leaning over the water close to the sting of a harbor geotagged to the Florida Keys. He then jumps off the harbor and lands on prime of the pelican. He wrestles with the chook for a second earlier than holding down its wings. The chook will get the final chortle although when it slaps the suspect throughout the face with its beak and flees.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee officers investigated the incident, detailing the allegations in a 10-page warrant.

Monroe County Circuit Decide Timothy Koenig signed the warrant and set a complete bond of $80,000 upon Hardesty’s arrest, The Miami Herald reported.

“He’ll be arrested on the costs within the warrant and he’ll be formally charged at an arraignment when he comes earlier than the court docket,” Monroe State Lawyer Dennis Ward stated Thursday, including that the costs quantity to 5 misdemeanors.

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Ward stated Florida residents are “very protecting” of all of their pure sources and “they’re all very beneficial to the environment down right here.”

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