OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ) — State police arrested 31-year-old Maryland man after he was caught on a viral video jumping on a pelican in Florida.
William Hunter Hardesty, of Riva, was arrested on a warrant from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that charged him with animal cruelty to migratory birds and the intentional feeding of pelicans.
Hardesty is being held as a fugitive in the Worcester County Detention Center.
He was arrested just after 9 a.m. at a hotel in the 12000 block of Ocean Gateway in Ocean City, Maryland.
He was taken in front of a court commissioner for a bond hearing. He is waiting extradition to Florida.
A video showed a man in Florida luring a pelican with food then jumping on top of the pelican in the water. The video was posted to social media.
State Police received a tip about Hardesty’s whereabouts Friday morning.
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