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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.

Jason Burroughs August 30, 2012 at 05:24 PM
i'd like contract this guy for the rabbits in my back yard.
Absolutelyfabulous August 30, 2012 at 09:58 PM
DWD- Seriously, putting Rat Poison out in the open? What exactly is strategically placed? Dogs, cats, raccoons, chipmunks et al can all dig to get where they want. Never put that poison out in the open or accessible by any other animal than the intended. This old man has a few loose screws. Seriously, putting food out in the open and then selectively killing off whatever wildlife you choose is not worthy. Idiot.
digitalhermit August 31, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Live traps work well for rabbits as do rocks from a sling shot. This "old man" was doing it the right way, taking out trespassing pests with his pellet gun. It's the neutering ordinances related to "firearms" (LOL pellet gun = firearm?!), supported by our overly domesticated citizens that are wrong.
Joseph August 31, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I was wondering also how they can say a pellet gun in a firearm.
Lu August 31, 2012 at 05:17 PM
5 gallon bucket - fill half way with water - put 1 cup birdseed in water - check back in a day or two and pick out the critters.
Absolutelyfabulous August 31, 2012 at 06:41 PM
What exactly does randomly killing animals attracted to food accomplish? Is there some sort of network between the animals to communicate what's going on? If you put food out in the open or accessible, you wil attract animals continuously, no matter how many you kill, which in itself is pretty twisted. Don't put out food if you can't accept the fact that it's a free for all for any animals. I get a kick out of seeing the squirrels try any/every method they can come up w/ to get at my bird feeder. Some are definitely more creative/successful than others. Not a big deal, everyone/being takes their turn.
Lu August 31, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Squirrels in the bird feeder, big deal. When they start to become destructive that's when I take action. If I want to be "one with nature" I'll move to the country.
Absolutelyfabulous August 31, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Destructive? If the trees are too close to the house or branches are jumping distance from the roof, killing them is not going to do any good. A number of "destructive" habits can be cured by a little maintenance/prevention by the homeowner. BTW..no need to kill any animal that has become destructive. Buy a cage @ Menards and transport the offending animal to another part of the city/across a bridge or waterway so they won't make their way back to your property.
Robert August 31, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Go to Airarmsports they have a huge selection of pellet,bb,airsoft and paintball stuff. Nothing funnier than seeing red orange and yellow squirrels and chipmunks in the neighborhood. They make almost totally silent pellet guns to w/ foot per second up to 1000 fps! Bait them into a kill zone inside a box so people cant see the bodies piling up. Dont expose your position and dont put the barrel outside the window. Lots of ways to keep them tree rats under control since all the natural population control predators have been forced out. I let the little monsters have their fun until they start killing the tomato plants and chewing holes in the soffit and eves,then its game on. I'd call in an artillery strike if I could but that might be over doing it.
Robert August 31, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Clip there tails off and sell them to a fishing lure company up in Antigo to help pay for your resupply of Beans bullets and bandaids.
John Zywicke September 01, 2012 at 10:37 AM
I don't get it; Man puts out expensive bird feeding area to feed the birds, but shoots the birds he doesn't want to feed; Didn't the birds have a suit and tie on before they entered or were they blackbirds?
Scott Berg September 03, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I don't know about WFB specifically, but local ordinances usually ban the use of "projectile weapons". That covers pellet or BB airguns, bow and arrow, slingshot and rocks, etc. After all they can all put an eye out!
Bella Bluesky September 03, 2012 at 03:09 PM
The lack of care and respect for the natural world and our wild neighbors, as evidenced by these posts, is staggering. Did you ever stop to think the squirrel you just so casually blew away may have helpless babies in a nest who will now starve and die a horrible slow death because of you? Or does knowing that just add to your already great squirrel murdering day? All life is precious, not just your sorry human one.
Ray Ray Johnson September 03, 2012 at 03:35 PM
A pellet gun is not a firearm; it's an air rifle. According the DNR, Milwaukee County is Zone 77M for purposes of hunting and fishing. Squirrels can be delicious if prepared properly, however, squirrel season doesn't open until Sept 15th. It's always illegal to shoot thrushes and songbirds. Crow season also opens Sept 15th. My problem is that Jed Clampet is shooting out of season, along with the fact that shooting for sport, with no use for the animal is immoral, with certain exceptions (Racoons, Skunks, Wolves, to name 3). I'd turn him over to the DNR and let them deal with the out-of-season hunting issue. The DNR is much tougher than any city ordinance, I assure you.
Donna Becker September 03, 2012 at 04:02 PM
@Robert, I died laughing! I don't condone killing varmints in a "free for all budding serial killer" sort of way. But it's not like these things practice birth control either. And they aren't endangered.
Scott Berg September 03, 2012 at 05:30 PM
This is addition to the DNR regulations and are, in this case, far more stringient: Village of Whitefish Bay City Ordinances: 8.01 OFFENSES ENDANGERING PUBLIC SAFETY. (1) DISCHARGING AND CARRYING FIREARMS PROHIBITED. (Ord. l500) No person, except a sheriff, constable, police officer or their deputies, shall fire or discharge any firearm, rifle, spring gun, air gun (whether a missile is expelled by the expansion of either compressed air or other gas) or paint ball gun within the Village of Whitefish Bay. No person shall have any spring gun, air gun (whether a missile is expelled by the expansion of either compressed air or other gas) or paint ball gun in his possession or under his control unless it is both (l) unloaded and in addition is (2) enclosed within a carrying case or other suitable container (Ord. l555). Provided, however, that this section shall not prevent the maintenance and use of fully supervised rifle or pistol ranges or shooting galleries authorized by the Village Board. (2) THROWING OR SHOOTING OF ARROWS, STONES AND OTHER MISSILES PROHIBITED. No person shall throw or shoot any object, arrow, stone, snowball or other missile or projectile, by hand or by any other means at any other person or at, in or into any building, street, sidewalk, alley, highway, park, playground or other public place within the Village of Whitefish Bay.
Robert September 03, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Those little precious darlings can live long and prosper. When they start chewing holes into my house having babies and living in my attic the gloves are off. I didnt go through the process of raising tomato and pepper plants since Feb for those monster to tear up the roots, take bites out of all the fruits and destroy them, and eat all my bean plants. In some areas such as mine they are extremely over populated , kinda like at Cabrini Green projects it gets over populated and the vandalism and stealing takes over. The Red squirrels take it into their own when they get over whelmed and gang attack the greys and browns and chew off the sex organs. I think a pellet to the brain is better than that. Its pretty funny some of their complaining I hear about trash in the streets and alleys of WFB when its almost 100% the fault of the home owner. Drive down the alleys and streets and see the crows and gulls picking open garbage bags and out of cans with no lids. Next time it rains hard go outside and look into a rainwater catch basin curb box and you will see whole families of Raccoon's coming up from under the roads so they dont drown, what do ya think they are eating? Maybe you should go buy them some Iams Raccoon food. You city people are one step away from being overcome by vermin and ya dont even have a clue. Those helpless babies that are left feed the crows,whats wrong are you against crows because because they arent fuzzy and cute. Man is an animal that dont have claws.
Hibrows September 03, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Our neighborhod is overrun with squirrrels. They dig up our garden and destroy our potted plants. They are real pests. He has done us a favor by getting rid of any squirrels.
Bob Ondrejka September 03, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Seriously, dead, bullet stricken birds and squirrels!!!!!?????? You have got to love this typical jazzy journalism. It was one grackel and it was a .177 pellet gun. Come on now. I cannot believe your trumped up style to raise the hairs from the bleeding hearts in the village. Granted it was bad judgement on the 73 year old man's part, but get real. Report it like it actually happened. In any event he will pay the price for sure. I hope the next person that makes a silly mistake doesn't get crucified by your pen.
Bob McBride September 03, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I didn't notice that a grackle was missing and the 60 or 70 that stop by frequently to lay waste to my bird feeders and baths have shown no signs of being in mourning for their fallen comrade. Thank G-d someone's on top of this senseless slaughter.
William B Murphy September 03, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I agree. A pellet gun is not a firearm.It uses no gunpowder
Ray Ray Johnson September 04, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Anything is a missile when it'd propelled, isn't it? A football. A baseball. If this citation of the Whitefolks Bay ordinance is correct, playing catch is a violation of 8.01(2). As for 8.01(1), I doubt that the villiage would confiscate the man's personal property, which is something that the DNR can and would probably do. My point on the 2nd part is that I think the DNR punishments would be more severe than the village would dish out.
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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