Three men have been charged in a drunken rampage at a protected habitat in Death Valley National Park, where a tiny endangered fish was found dead.
Trenton Sargent, 26, of Indian Springs, Nev.; Steven Schwinkendorf, 29, of Pahrump, Nev.; and Edgar Reyes, 35, of North Las Vegas were identified through DNA collected at Devils Hole, a 40-acre detached unit in the park, according to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada.
They were charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, killing of an endangered species, destruction of property, trespassing and destruction of habitat, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
“The intrusion is believed to have resulted in the death of at least one endangered Devils Hole pupfish, and fisheries biologists are trying to ascertain the extended damage that may have been done to food sources and egg sites, which could lead to more loss of a species whose numbers are now below the last count of 115 in existence,” the sheriff’s office said.
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