NOAA appoints investigator to dolphin death cases - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

NOAA appoints investigator to dolphin death cases

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A federal investigator is now looking into the mutilation of dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico. NOAA has appointed Richard Stifle to lead this investigation. 

Stifle, a NOAA law enforcement officer, met with workers from the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport Tuesday to learn everything he could about the half dozen dolphins found either shot or mutilated in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida waters.

We're told by scientists from the Institute that Stifle will do an forensic analysis on the mutilated dolphins that washed up on shore, looking for any evidence that can link somebody to these beatings.   

Stifle briefly talked with WLOX News about his role in this case. He referred most questions about the dolphin death investigation to a spokesperson in his regional office.     

In recent days, a $5,000 reward was posted for information that will lead to an arrest in this case.

If you have any information that could help in the investigation, call the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Enforcement Division at 1-800-853-1964.

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