Va. man charged with killing hawk to help squirrel

Full story: Hampton Roads Daily Press

For a Virginia doctor, squirrels are a man's best friend, too. Thomas Shepler, a hand surgeon, shot a hawk to death in his backyard when he said the bird was eyeing a young squirrel that he and his wife had ...
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JJ Wilson

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Don't mind me. I talk out of my rear end anyway.
Communist Clam wrote:
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Careful there, you don't want to turn this topic into some gun control debate.
If there were no guns, that hawk would be alive today.
birdman

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if that squirrel is not a legal pet of his or registered to him as a pet then he has no right to kill the hawk. period. he also is not authorized to hunt hawk where he was. so that is also another factor of this case. though i think that the case is a really petty it should be treated as such, but he still is in the wrong.
U Need 2 Read First

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Hate Hawks wrote:
Did he shoot the bird?
Am I the only one that thinks this poor person is a idiot? Did you not read the story before you responded....it said he shot the hawk to death, so you tell me...did he shoot the hawk? duh
Eagle1

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Bea wrote:
Well,,, there should be exceptions when trying to protect one's pet... no matter what the pet is... that would be different than the outright searching and hunting down of a hawk... they are pretty plentiful and not endangered...
Hmmm... the squirrel was his pet? Did he have a permit to keep a wild animal as a pet? Hawks are plentiful? And squirrels are..?
Clam killer

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Feb 10, 2009
 
Shoulda been a street thug he got.
Ocean View

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Feb 10, 2009
 
Squirrels are vegetarians. Hawks are carnivors. People are omnivors. I sure hope that the squirrels aren't armed if I pick up their favorite nut.
JJ Wilson

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Feb 11, 2009
 
Communist Clam wrote:
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Careful there, you don't want to turn this topic into some gun control debate.
If there were no guns, that hawk would be alive today.
Not if the doctor could wield a sling shot, the hawk would still be dead AND the upside is the doctor wouldn't have been arrested! Perhaps he should trade in the shot gun for a sling shot!
JJ Wilson

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JJ Wilson wrote:
Don't mind me. I talk out of my rear end anyway. <quoted text>
I never get tired of the flattery! Keep imitating me, I LOVE IT! You do know by the simple fact you see fit to first read my post, then pretend to be me, that you are giving me exactly what I like. ATTENTION!
So I just want to think you, my imitator and admirer!:)And by all means.....Keep it up!
JJ Wilson

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birdman wrote:
if that squirrel is not a legal pet of his or registered to him as a pet then he has no right to kill the hawk. period. he also is not authorized to hunt hawk where he was. so that is also another factor of this case. though i think that the case is a really petty it should be treated as such, but he still is in the wrong.
Hey birdie, even if the squirrel was registered as a pet (? LOL!) he still couldn't shoot the hawk. He didn't get arrested for killing a hawk, he got arrested for discharging a firearm in a residential area! So even if a gerbil was attacking his beloved (registered) chiwawa, you still can't shoot it in your yard!
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Feb 11, 2009
 
Get in touch with Lennie Routten of the Hampton School Board. He got arrested for blowing away his neighbor's pet Pot-Belly Pig with a .357 magnum in his backyard. He got away with it, get the same lawyer (and hopefully the same judge).

Then run for the schoolboard!
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Bea wrote:
Well,,, there should be exceptions when trying to protect one's pet... no matter what the pet is... that would be different than the outright searching and hunting down of a hawk... they are pretty plentiful and not endangered...
I agree.....if it comes to protecting my pets I would have killed the stupid bird too......hate those hawks......
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Bea wrote:
Well,,, there should be exceptions when trying to protect one's pet... no matter what the pet is... that would be different than the outright searching and hunting down of a hawk... they are pretty plentiful and not endangered...
it's an old post to respond but...we have had a hawk in our area for over 2 years. I am 43 and for the first time in my life, I saw it swoop down on a squirl. It suffocates it first, then flys off with it.
I walk a small yorkie dog without a leash in our large, fencend in area. I always carry my jennings 9MM just in case the basterd comes down outa the sky. I keep the safety OFF and am ready to watch him explode. Damn hawk.
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I feed the squirrels in my yard peanuts, handfuls of them. I fatten the little bastards up as much as I can, so I can watch from my back porch as the red tailed hawks swoop in and takes out those damn tree rats. Little asses are always digging up my yard and tearing up my flower beds. It's fun watching the hawks put the squeeze of death on them, watching his tallons squeeze harder and start twisting, hearing the squirrels bones break and crumble under the grip...it's cool as shit...purest form of nature. Last summer I watched a Bald Eagle try to capture my neighbors cat, it was comical, that cat was running for his life. It escaped but not without wearing a few battle scars. was hoping the Eagle won, was getting tired of seeing paw prints on my cars!!!
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I'm siding with the squirrels.
Troll Patrol

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Jan 22, 2011
 
Rocky Racoon wrote:
I'm siding with the squirrels.
That's because you like sucking and eating squirrel nuts. SICKO!
Goodwoman

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Feb 28, 2011
 
If i have " pets", as the name indicates : "pets", i take care of them of course.* I found out crows chase hawks and i saw crows flying behind hawks. I needed that because a hawk did kill 4 birds in 2 days. It was horrible to see the hawk taking the blue jay, then, in a tree, the hawk did start the ugly show and i did have to hear for minutes that blue jay, "craying"?, "screamming"? "complaning" ?
while that hawk "slowly" did.. what he did .. Is super terrible.

I did buy bird food with corn, the crows came, all kind of birds eat together and i do not have hawks anymore.
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Mar 6, 2011
 
This guy is wacky. The hawk was shot in downtown residental area near a commercial area. It took place within a block or two of the Vienna Police Station.]

Firstly, it is illegal to discharge a gun or bow and arrow withing the town limits. Secondly, it is illegal to harbor wild animals in Virginia without a special permit.

Can anyone enlighten us on the punishment meted out to this character?
vienna resident

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Aug 3, 2011
 
JJ Wilson wrote:
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Not if the doctor could wield a sling shot, the hawk would still be dead AND the upside is the doctor wouldn't have been arrested! Perhaps he should trade in the shot gun for a sling shot!
Not true about the sling shot. I heard of a case of a person arrested for throwing a rock at a frog without have a hunting licence.
YahYahYah

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Jan 22, 2014
 
I live in the woods and I rarely see any small creatures anymore, like chipmunks, small birds, lizards, frogs/toads and turtles. I do see a bunch of hawks circling in the air. The few turtles I came across had their shells cracked, like they had been dropped. I friggen hate a hawk. I think the protection on them should be lifted. They are everywhere and are taking over.

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