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Backyard animal-control effort results in firearm citation

Aug. 28, 2012

A 73-year-old Whitefish Bay man was cited for illegal discharge of a firearm after a neighbor reported him shooting at birds and squirrels in the 100 block of W. Day Ave. at 11:30 a.m. last week.

According to the police report:

Police found a dead bird in his backyard last Monday and the man admitted he has been shooting “unwanted birds and squirrels” that were eating his “expensive bird food” — the food he put out for birds “he desires.”

He also said that he didn’t know it was illegal and that he was careful to shoot only at the ground so as not to hit anything else.

He had a .177-caliber pellet gun.

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