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Maryland Man Arrested for Tackling Brown Pelican in Florida Keys

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    Maryland Man Arrested for Tackling Brown Pelican in Florida Keys
    Maryland State Police
    William Hunter Hardesty

    A Maryland man seen tackling a federally protected pelican on video has been arrested on animal cruelty charges out of Florida.

    Maryland State Police said in a Friday release that 31-year-old William Hunter Hardesty was arrested at a hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. News outlets report the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigated the video of Hardesty trying to capture a brown pelican at Florida's Key West Historic Seaport. The video was taken March 5 and posted on his Facebook page March 8.

    Monroe County State Attorney Dennis Ward told The Miami Herald the charges amount to five misdemeanors. Hardesty is being held as a fugitive in the Worcester County Detention Center, awaiting extradition to Florida.

    Reports didn't include comment from Hardesty, who's originally from Anne Arundel County.

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