Long Island Man Sentenced For Killing Protected Birds

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A Long Island man has received his punishment for killing red-tailed hawks and Cooper’s hawks in Stamford.  63-year-old Thomas Kapusta has been sentenced to one year of probation.  He’ll also have to pay a $5,500 fine and perform 90 hours of community service at a local animal shelter. According to court documents, Kapusta is a pigeon-enthusiast.  He viewed the hawks as a threat to his pigeons, since they prey on the birds.  The birds are protected by federal law.



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