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Man Cited for Shooting Birds, Squirrels in Back Yard

To preserve his expensive bird feed, a resident on Day Avenue has been shooting unwanted squirrels and birds with a pellet gun from the back window of his house.

The sight of dead, bullet-stricken birds and squirrels has become too much to bear for some residents on the far west end of the village.

A resident called police at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 20 to report a neighbor on Day Avenue near Lydell Avenue has been shooting squirrels and birds. Police responded to the house to talk to the 73-year-old man, who said he had shot multiple birds and squirrels with a .177 caliber pellet gun from an open window in his house.

The man told police he recently invested in a nice bird feeding area, and to preserve his expensive bird feed, he has been shooting and killing unwanted birds and squirrels that try to eat the food.

The man told police he did not know it was illegal to discharge a firearm in the village. He said he only shot at animals on the ground, as to not have a stray round hit any people or houses.

Police cited him with illegal discharge of a firearm.

Ray Ray Johnson September 04, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Remember to police up your dead squirrels or you'll find yourself in a Patch article.
Scott Berg September 04, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I'm not a lawyer, but I think it comes down to context and intent. Throwing a baseball may technically be launching a projectile, but if done while playing a game it's excluded. If thrown at someone in anger to hurt them, it's covered here, but then it might also qualify as an assault which is far more serious. And what if you're a clutz and make a wild throw that hits an unsuspecting spectator who you just happened to dislike anyway? That's the stuff that keeps lawyers in business! The DNR does confiscate weapons, suspend hunting licenses, levy heavy fines, etc. I agree a penalty from them can be pretty significant, especially to a sportsman. Heaven help the guy who kills an eagle with a pellet gun!
Laura St. John September 04, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I agree with Bob O, the article is overly dramatic and I can't imagine that the citiation is cheap. Aren't there other things in Whitefish Bay worth talking about?
Bob McBride September 04, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Plenty of other things. Here are a few: http://whitefishbay.patch.com/articles/cahill-turf-and-sewers-on-village-board-agenda Then again, if you look at the list of the most popular articles on Patch (to the right of this comments section), you can see what the readership here prefers.
AWD September 04, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I'm telling you people, Decon rat poison bait traps. Spread them around your backyard and in your detached garage, the chipmunks and squirrels love the taste and will eat every last pellet. In 3-4 days they're all dead.

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