A Stamford man has plead guilty to killing hawks, according to the US Attorney’s office.
Adam Boguski, 43, of Stamford, plead guilty Monday to two counts of taking, capturing and killing Cooper’s hawks and conspiracy to take, capture and kill red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks.
Red-tailed hawks and Cooper’s hawks are protected under the federal Migratory Bird treaty act.
According to court documents and statements in court, Boguski and another man, Thomas Kapusta, had a pigeon coop at 330 Weed Avenue in Stamford. The pair raised racing pigeons in the coop and let the birds fly outside the coop for exercise.
Officials said Boguski admitted he and Kapusta captured hawks in traps and killed them because they were concerned the hawks threatened their pigeons.
Boguski is scheduled for sentencing on October 11. He faces a maximum of 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $45,000.
Kapusta plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to take, capture and kill red-tailed hawks and Cooper’s hawks, and four counts of taking, capturing and killing red-tailed hawks or Cooper’s hawks. He is scheduled for sentencing on September 12.