Man could get prison time for killing birds on Wash. beach

Man could get prison time for killing birds on Wash. beach

Credit: Wildlife Center of the North Coast

Nearly 50 birds were killed when a man drove his truck into them on Ocean Park Beach.

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:36 PM

OCEAN PARK, Wash. - Authorities say a young motorist repeatedly sped through shore birds at Ocean Park, killing dozens of them.

State Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Dan L. Chadwick says he has 34 bird carcasses. The only known survivor, a Caspian tern with a broken right wing, is at the Wildlife Center of the North Coast near Astoria, Ore.

Chadwick says the 20-year-old man drove an older Jeep Wagoneer up and down the beach Friday for three hours Friday with two friends, ages 19 and 21, roaring through flocks of gulls and other birds at 40 to 60 mph.

Chadwick says the driver turned himself in and is cooperating with authorities.

The seabirds are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and killing them is a crime.

The man could face a $5,000 fine and a year in jail for each dead and injured bird.

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