Federal authorities investigate destruction of Mt. Pleasant Osprey nest

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UPDATE: The osprey pair is rebuilding in a similar location to its previous nest.

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) — The US Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the removal of an Osprey nest in Mount Pleasant near the Wando River.

A spokesperson for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said the agency received a call that there was a nest on the ground. SCDNR and other crews approached the nest to investigate. Eggs were found on the ground.

South Carolina Electric and Gas owns the pole that the nest occupied.

In general, during this type of federal investigation, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and SCDNR look into what happened.

The SCDNR spokesperson said SCE&G has permits to clear lots in that area, so investigators will be questioning whether they followed the specific rules concerning wildlife nests.

“We take all these cases very seriously, and we are looking into it,” said the spokesperson. He said appropriate action will be taken if deemed necessary.

Paul Fischer with SCE&G released the following statement regarding the investigation:

SCE&G is committed to following all applicable environmental guidelines when dealing with wildlife, including Osprey, and other natural resources across the communities we serve.  We are aware of the concerns expressed by some members of the community regarding the maintenance and inspection work our crews were performing at this specific location and will continue to cooperate as requested.

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