Wednesday, April 07, 2004

This story was in today's New York Daily News:

Flies off the handle and wounds a bird
by Tom Raftery

"This Michael Jackson wasn't satisfied to tell a hawk to beat it.

Michael Jackson, 49, of Centereach, L.I., was released on bail early yesterday after he allegedly winged a red-tailed hawk with a pellet gun.

He was peeved that the bird was picking on his pigeons, Suffolk County police said.

Jackson was picked up just after 9 p.m. Monday following an anonymous 911 call saying a hawk had been shot outside his Eastwood Blvd. home.

The hawk was found alive and taken to the Selden Animal Hospital, where it was expected to recover."

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I was unhappy to read about Mr. Jackson's stupid behavior but was glad to see that one of his neighbors dropped a dime on him. Perhaps they were glad to see a hawk thinning out his pigeon flock. I don't know too many New Yorkers that would enjoy living next door to a pigeon flock. I wonder what the fine will be? It is a federal offense to injure any migratory bird.

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