American White Pelican

A Minnesota farmer is accused of smashing thousands of American White Pelican chicks and eggs — all the offspring in one of Minnesota’s largest pelican colonies. “The gist of it is he made a terrible mistake,” said the farmer’s attorney.

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Angry Farmer Destroys Entire Pelican Colony

American White Pelican

A Minnesota farmer is accused of smashing thousands of American White Pelican chicks and eggs — all the offspring in one of Minnesota’s largest pelican colonies. “The gist of it is he made a terrible mistake,” said the farmer’s attorney.

The farmer claimed that he had incurred $20,000 in expenses and lost revenue because pelican droppings had damaged the 7 acres he rented on the shores of the Minnesota Lake. When he asked wildlife specialists from the the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources what options he had in dealing with the pelicans, he was told that they could not be disturbed because they are a protected species.

When the wildlife specialists returned the next day they found a total 1,458 nests and 2,400 eggs and chicks had been destroyed. Only one chick was still alive.

The farmer could face a fine of up to $15,000 and six months in jail for violating the federal Migratory Bird Act.

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5 comments on “Angry Farmer Destroys Entire Pelican Colony”

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Katherine
5 Years Ago

"someone who cares" wrote: "WHY are humans so CRUEL?" - People who do such atrocities are not humans! They are soulless monsters in human bodies but KARMA WILL GET THEM SOON!!!


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woodpec
5 Years Ago

Part one of the punishment should be repaying the $600,000 in government subsidies that the farmer collected over recent years. $15,000 is a ridiculously small sum compared to that.


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Ammo
5 Years Ago

WOW. This is outrageous! Six months & $15,000 is not enough. Sounds like it is up to us to continue saying this unacceptable behavior & it must be acknowledged as such by holding him accountable. Perhaps a flood of letters from everyone that is outraged by this would help?


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someone who cares
5 Years Ago

WHY are humans so CRUEL? I think he should spend the rest of his life picking up bird droppings! ugh i HATE it when people are so careless!


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marlet
5 Years Ago

I disagree, if the pelicans he slaughtered were a protected species he should be fined more than that. Those birds may have a lesser chance of survival thanks to that farmer. The farmer should be fined more, yes the birds may have damaged his property but that doesn't mean he must go and slaughter an entire colony of Pelicans. Pelicans are intelligent species who can feel things, they understand fear, pain and love. And to kill a colony of an endangered species is far worse, not that killing any animal is not bad. He should be fined more than that because he can't do anything to bring those birds back or to recreate the same amount of slaughtered Pelicans. If the Pelicans become endangered I'm partly blaming that farmer.


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