Neighbors Upset After SCE&G Removes Osprey Nest

March 7, 2018, 1:30 pm EST | Share:

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (ERICA LUNSFORD, WTAT-TV) — Residents in the Rivertowne on the Wando neighborhood are upset after they say a few of their neighbors received an abrupt eviction. SCE&G recently removed an osprey nest from the area and it has been the discussion around the community ever since.

“To drive by and see that it was no longer there, there was just a huge public outcry,” said Jennifer Snyder.

The osprey that live in the Rivertowne on the Wando neighborhood are a part of the community. But a few days ago the nest was removed from the top of an SCE&G utility tower.

Upset neighbors called the Center For Birds of Prey and their investigation found an egg had been cracked during the removal. That ruffled even more feathers because it is illegal to tamper with an active nest.

“Nests of any migratory birds cannot be disturbed – the nests, birds or the eggs once it is active,” said Jim Elliott, Executive Director of Avian Conservation Center and Birds of Prey.

In a statement the Department of Natural Resources said “unfortunately, beyond confirmed for you that this incident did occur and is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we can’t provide you with any additional information or comment.”

Back in Rivertowne on the Wando, the birds are getting a lot of support from their neighbors.

“We’re hoping there is going to be a resolution of some sort soon and perhaps an exploration of something that can be out on top of that post which would allow them to remain there,” said Snyder.

SCE&G responded to the issue on Tuesday saying; “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.”