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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Snowy Plovers From Off-road Vehicles at Oceano Dunes

State Parks Must Control Reckless Driving That Kills Federally Protected Shorebirds

OCEANO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the California Department of Parks and Recreation for allowing motorized vehicle use at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, which has killed protected snowy plovers

Western snowy plovers are one of the most threatened shorebirds in North America. The birds have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1993, but their population continues to decline. In 2016 six snowy plovers were found dead in vehicle tracks at Oceano Dunes.

“Letting dune buggies crush imperiled snowy plovers is indefensible and illegal. The sandy beaches and fragile dunes where these tiny birds feed and breed have to be protected,” said Ileene Anderson, a Center scientist. “Despite decades of data showing that plovers have been terrorized and killed by vehicles, Parks and Recreation has failed to protect them. These officials must be held accountable.”

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Contact: Ileene Anderson

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