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http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/080307/oddi...a_isenhour_bird

Pro golfer Tripp Isenhour, facing misdemeanor charges and possible jail time after hitting and killing a hawk that is protected by conservation laws, apologized on Thursday.

The incident took place in December, when Isenhour was taping an instructional golf video at the Grand Cypress golf course in Orlando.

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This isn't as stupid as it sounds. It's not like he was just playing golf and hit a bird. He was purposely driving balls at the bird (although whether or not he was trying o hit it or just scare it will be the issue in court)

from the article:

"I want to let everyone know there was neither any malice nor deliberate intent whatsoever to hit or harm the hawk," he said in the statement. "I was trying to simply scare it into flying away. As evidenced by our family having adopted three cats from a local shelter, I am an animal lover. We ask that everyone accept my sincerest apology, and please be respectful of my family's privacy."

Video sound engineer Jethro Senger, who reported the incident to authorities several days after it happened, said the red-shouldered hawk disrupted the taping with its screeching from about 300 yards away.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission documents, Isenhour drove closer to the bird in a golf cart and hit several balls toward it before giving up and returning to the video set.

The hawk then flew closer to the crew, perching in a tree some 75 yards away.

Isenhour tried again, and on his 10th attempt he hit the hawk, which fell to the ground and bled from its nostrils, Senger told investigators.

Isenhour shouted "I didn't think I would hit it," the reports said.

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Guest Felquiste

yeah. That guy played with fire! The bird was distrupting the taping of the instructional video with his screeching so he drove balls at it and ultimatelly killed it.

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what a mean person

On a positive note when court comes off the dead birds family will receive a large sum in compesation money. :lol:

It is also reported they brought the charges down from 2nd Degree Murder to Birdslaughter :D

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Guest 1970 Habs

How close did he get in the first 9 tries. If he hit the bird he was obviously aiming at it so it was intentional.

Obviously he did not feel the golf ball would kill it. Dah.................

A Bloody Idiot who should pay for his stupidity. :blink:

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Guest Keith

As much as he'll deny it, there was intent to hit the bird if he was shooting in it's direction. He took the assumption that it might hit the bird, so he's guilty as charged I feel.

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Guest Bobineau
On a positive note when court comes off the dead birds family will receive a large sum in compesation money. :lol:

It is also reported they brought the charges down from 2nd Degree Murder to Birdslaughter :D

I don't see what's funny about hitting a bird so hard that it bleeds from its nostrils to death... :rolleyes:

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I don't see what's funny about hitting a bird so hard that it bleeds from its nostrils to death... :rolleyes:

I wasn't laughing at the birds death just the concept of what is going on and that was before I found out it was intentional.

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I don't see what's funny about hitting a bird so hard that it bleeds from its nostrils to death... :rolleyes:

Lol...it's only a bird. Thousands of birds get hit by cars each day, another million get eaten by cats or other animals...In fact I just hit a bird the other day - not on purpose of course, but still.

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Guest Felquiste
Lol...it's only a bird. Thousands of birds get hit by cars each day, another million get eaten by cats or other animals...In fact I just hit a bird the other day - not on purpose of course, but still.

Yeah but when a bird is protected because his specie may disapear, it's a bit different.

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Lol...it's only a bird. Thousands of birds get hit by cars each day, another million get eaten by cats or other animals...In fact I just hit a bird the other day - not on purpose of course, but still.

Thousands of people die in car accidents every day, another million die from illness or starvation, doesn't make it funny when someone gets murdered (or I guess in this case, it would be manslaughter). Think about the arguments you're using here ....

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Guest GoHabsGo_CanucksAreChoking

A Seagull, or a dove got hit by a baseball (by accident)

and it went poof, feathers everywhere. I think it was on TSN. :mellow:

and some bird got hit by a guy playing tennis.

Here's the video of the bird [baseball]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9HLS9kb7Z4

Sports kill.. birds. O_o

And I think the reason why the Golf dude hit it is because it was making too much noise.

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Guest GoHabsGo_CanucksAreChoking
A Seagull, or a dove got hit by a baseball (by accident)

and it went poof, feathers everywhere. I think it was on TSN. :mellow:

and some bird got hit by a guy playing tennis.

Here's the video of the bird [baseball]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0cjxJU0SX8

Sports kill.. birds. O_o

And I think the reason why the Golf dude hit it is because it was making too much noise.

[sorry the link was messed and the edit was weird and not working, click the new link]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0cjxJU0SX8

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