HARTFORD, Conn (WTNH) — A Stamford man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to capturing and killing hawks he felt were a threat to his pigeon coop.
Adam Boguski and another pigeon enthusiast, Thomas Kapusta, maintained a pigeon coop on Weed Avenue in Stamford.
Boguski and Kapusta often let their pigeons fly outside the coop for exercise, where they were susceptible to being captured by a red-tail hawk or a Cooper’s hawk. Pigeons are a part of these predators’ natural diets.
The men would regularly capture these hawks in a trap, kill them, and dispose of their carcasses.
According to court documents, these birds of prey are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Adam Boguski pleaded guilty in a Hartford courtroom to one count of conspiracy to take, capture and kill red-tail and Cooper’s hawks, and two counts of taking, capturing and killing Cooper’s hawks.
Boguski is scheduled to be sentenced on October 11th, 2016. He faces a maximum of 18 months in prison and a fine up to $45,000.