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Wildlife officials: Vandals ran over bird nests

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Wildlife officials in Sarasota say someone's "pure act of vandalism" has destroyed and disrupted some bird nests on Siesta Key beach.

The Sarasota Audubon Society told FOX 13 that someone drove a vehicle - possibly a motorcycle or ATV - over marked-off nests on two occasions.

More than 150 birds were affected by the act, including Least Terns, Black Skimmers, and Snowy Plovers, said spokeswoman Suzanne Dameron.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating, and the total fine for the act could rise as high as $50,000, Dameron said.

The area is clearly marked. You can't miss the signs, she said.

Wildlife officials also say people are not even allowed to have motorized vehicles on the beach, so that is also a violation.

The sheriff’s office is following several leads in the case. If you have any information about it, contact them.

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