Massachusetts man charged with crimes in connection with unlicensed falconry operation – New Bedford Guide
“In late 2023 a complaint was received form NH Fish and Game reference an unlicensed Falconry operation located in Pepperell MA.
MEP worked with MassWildlife, NH F&G, and USF&W and it was determined that a Massachusetts resident had been falsely claiming NH residency in order to circumvent the Falconry rules of the Commonwealth for the previous 4 years. Four Raptors were seized from the location (2 Harris Hawks, a Gyrfalcon, and a deceased Peregrine Falcon). The Peregrine was killed by the Gyrfalcon as a result of improper caging facilities.
Charges were filed in District Court to include Illegal Possession of Raptors (x3), Illegal Possession of Species of Special concern (to wit Peregrine Falcon), Failure to Report Death of Falconry Bird, Illegal Transportation (x4), Improper Caging Area (Mews), False Statement to Procure License.
In court the defendant agreed to:
• $500.00 donation to state Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
• Defendant must take Hunter Education Class
• Any permit issued by MassWildlife is immediately suspended and Defendant can not procure one for three calendar years
As a result of Massachusetts entering the Wildlife Compact the Defendant can be suspended in 48 other states. The surviving birds have been rehomed with licensed Falconers. The deceased Peregrine will be utilized for educational purposes.”-Massachusetts Environmental Police.
Massachusetts Environmental Police photo.