Fish farmer sentenced in bird shootings

The owner of a Sunderland trout hatchery was sentenced to six months in a halfway house and five years of probation for killing more than 200 herons and ospreys and a bald eagle.

Fish farmer sentenced in bird shootings
A day before his 60th birthday, Michael Zak also was ordered to pay a $65,000 fine for shooting the birds, which were feeding at his fish pools.

Zak pleaded guilty in April to killing the herons and ospreys, but said he thought the eagle he shot was a hawk. US District Judge Michael Ponsor convicted him of shooting the eagle.

Ponsor also ordered Zak's employee, Timothy Lloyd, to pay a $15,000 fine and serve two years of probation for his role in killing the birds.

Zak told Ponsor the birds were literally eating away at his $36,000-a-year fish farm business. "That's farming. It's a very hard way of life."

Citing Zak's $1.2 million net worth, Ponsor scolded the owner of Mohawk Trout Hatchery for not spending the money to cover the trout pools with nets.

"He's killed hundreds of birds rather than do something that is not all that hard and not all that expensive," Ponsor said

Boston Globe

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