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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 11/ 5/2010

Va. man fined for removing bird's nest

By Washington Post editors

The owner of a Fredericksburg, Va. tree service company has been fined $3,000 for unlawfully removing a hawk's nest containing three chicks from a tree.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Jerry Stein removed the red-shouldered hawk's nest from a tree he was attempting to cut down in Fredericksburg in May. A neighbor found the nest and called the Raptor Conservancy in northern Virginia to care for the chicks.

Two have since been released, while one subsequently died.

Stein entered a guilty plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. He was prosecuted under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which is intended to protect migratory birds, their nests and eggs.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | November 5, 2010; 11:56 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Comments

We need the hawks to control the squirrel population.

Posted by: jercha | November 5, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Let this be a lesson to all property owners on the Chesapeake Bay's rapidly eroding Western shore not to kill any endangered Puritan tiger beetles!

Posted by: clitteigh | November 5, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

How could a tree service guy not know not to remove hawks nest?

Posted by: jckdoors | November 5, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

So I guess he was supposed to know that he was removing a hawk nest when mother hawk came back with razor sharp feet going after his neck.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | November 5, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't know maybe their curved bills and big nest gave it away? I saw a dead one on the road, people must go out of their way to run them over because they're not scavengers. But maybe taking an opportunity on a wounded animal? People don't give a spit about our country, and wildlife.

Posted by: StayAU | November 5, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Though the red shouldered hawk is in fact listed on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act's list.

It is very interesting to note, that the Northern Red Shoulders tend to migrate, whereas the Red Shoulders in the Mid area of their range do not.

It would not be typical for the Nesting Pair, in the area this occurred, to migrate.

Well, perhaps the 3000 fine was cheaper than fighting it.

Either way, I guess he will now take the time to learn every single bird on the List so he doesn't have to pay a questionable fine in the future.

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