November 5, 2010
The owner of a Fredericksburg tree service company has been fined $3,000 for unlawfully removing from a tree a hawk's nest containing three chicks.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Jerry Stein removed the red-shouldered hawk's nest from a tree he was attempting to cut down in Fredericksburg in May. A neighbor found the nest and called the Raptor Conservancy in northern Virginia to care for the chicks.
Two the chicks have since been released, while one subsequently died.
Stein entered a guilty plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. He was prosecuted under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which is intended to protect migratory birds, their nests and eggs.