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Tree trimmer could face charges for herons' injuries

Tree Trimmer Could Face Charges For Herons' Injuries

A nest of baby black-crowned night herons in California fell out of their tree while it was being trimmed -- and now that tree trimmer could face federal charges.

NBC reports that, "to keep bird droppings off the mail trucks, the postal service hired Ernesto Pulido.
"He says at some point in the pruning process, five baby herons fell from their nests and were injured."

The New York Times reports that the incident, which occurred in early May, gained a lot of attention after rumors spread that the herons had been put into a woodchipper. The New York Times reported that those rumors were not true, nothing that the birds had little more than bruises and scrapes.

Pulido told The New York Times that he actually had to move his pregnant wife and young daughter to another home because he was receiving threats.

Care2 says there was even a petition created called "Oakland Chainsaw Massacre." It called for the Oakland post office to be held accountable for the birds' injuries.

Reports say the birds have nested in the area for years. An agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told KPIX there's no excuse for harming the birds.

Reporter: "Why recommend prosecution?"
Agent: "Because it's still a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act."

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is intended to protect migratory birds.

Due to this accident, Pulido could face up to six months in jail or a $15,000 fine.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that because Pulido admitted he "screwed up" and has done what he can to make up for the incident, wildlife investigators propose the fine should be only $1,500.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa wrote a letter to the director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, questioning why it isn't directing blame at the postal service.

"I made a mistake, I faced the consequences."

Pulido has publicly apologized for the incident, and NBC reports he paid $2,500 for their treatment. The herons are reportedly doing just fine and will be released soon.

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cdrewparks889 June 05 2014 at 6:06 AM

Gotta love America! Get rewarded for never holding a job and condemned for doing your job.

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cop4longwood June 05 2014 at 5:34 AM

In the meantime. Oakland abortion clinics continue to massacre unborn humans and no one except pro-life folks make demands that the slaughter stop. Folks, some people's priority's are screwed up.

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clicker914 June 05 2014 at 6:40 AM

I wonder if anyone would care if the tree trimmer had fell from the tree and brused himself or a tree hugger had shot him for tree abuse?

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ludwigenoch June 05 2014 at 5:58 AM

what the saddest thing here is the extreme of threats that people go to without being there or knowing the whole story. The country is operating on social media and how good people feel not facts. No wonder the county is going to hell in a hand basket.

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wrpawsoff June 05 2014 at 7:52 AM

"The herons are reportedly doing just fine and will be released soon."

No harm... no fowl.

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Don Bolyard June 05 2014 at 6:49 AM

Yet nothing is said about all the thousands of babies that are murdered every year. We put an animal's life over a human baby's. So sad.

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Buckner June 05 2014 at 6:00 AM

Oh what a crock of ****, has to be the fricken liberals doing their best to be ********

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kubla990 June 05 2014 at 6:04 AM

California, what do expect?

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Jon June 05 2014 at 7:50 AM

He's being prosecuted because the herons were black.

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rivera8787 June 05 2014 at 6:25 AM

Wait....where's Jesse and Al??????

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