Maryland man sentenced for jumping on pelican
A Maryland man who jumped on a pelican in Florida has been sentenced to 90 days in jail, according to WBAL.
William Hardesty, 31, of Riva, Md., was sentenced for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act — a federal law that prohibits the capture, possession, sale or transport of any migratory bird — and engaging in animal cruelty.
Hardesty was arrested at a hotel in Ocean City, Md., in March on a warrant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He had posted a video on Facebook earlier that month that showed him luring a pelican at a Key West sea wall and then hopping on top of the bird in the water. He let the pelican go after it bit him in the face.
The video was immediately met with widespread criticism and prompted an investigation by the authorities in Florida. They obtained an arrest warrant shortly after.
Hardesty, who was also fined $1,000 and given one year of probation, was credited with 40 days time served.