Vermont Man Jailed, Fined for Killing Songbirds

Posted by admin On July - 27 - 2010

On June 17, 2010, Jeffrey Vinton, 53, of Braintree, Vermont was charged with shooting eight songbirds that he claimed were raiding his strawberry patch.

Game wardens received a complaint that gun shots had been fired on several occasions from Vinton’s residence in Braintree. The complaints indicated the shots were occurring sporadically during daylight hours.

State Game Warden Keith Gallant responded to the residence after the next occurrence. There was no answer at the door, but spent shotgun shells were observed outside the residence. Five dead cedar waxwings were observed in the garden as well as one dead chipping sparrow. Two more cedar waxwings were located under a tree in front of the residence. These songbirds are protected by both state and federal law.

Special Agent Pat Bosco of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assisted Warden Gallant with interviewing Vinton. Vinton said he had shot the birds because they were eating the strawberries he had planted in his garden.

Killing a federally protected songbird is illegal, and each violation carries a fine of $256 and restitution of $50 for each bird killed. Vinton has until August 11, 2010 to answer the charge of Taking Songbirds in Violation of Regulation in Orange District Court.

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