Stamford man pleads guilty to capturing and killing hawks

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.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s