A Cooper's hawk at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Tom Koerner / USFWS
Pigeon Enthusiast Punished for Capturing, Killing Protected Hawks
October 24, 2016
A New York man has been sentenced to one year of probation, fined $5,500 and ordered to perform 90 hours of community service at a local animal shelter after he and another man admitted killing Red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks. These hawks are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The men, both of whom have pleaded guilty, kept a large number of racing pigeons and let them fly outside the coop for exercise. They viewed the hawks as a threat to their pigeons.
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