Craig Staloch killed thousands of pelican chicks

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Craig Staloch kept thousands of pelicans from growing up.
Craig Staloch killed thousands of pelican chicks this May, in violation of federal law, his lawyer admitted in court Thursday.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials arrived at his Minnesota Lake farm to check on a pelican colony May 17. He called back to ask what his "options" were in dealing with the birds. He was told they "could not be harmed or harassed in any manner."

Inspectors went back to Minnesota Lake the next day and found a ghost town of smashed pelican chicks and broken eggs.

"Upon arrival, there were no adult pelicans observed on any of the nests," according to the criminal complaint. The eggs appeared to have been smashed with a heavy stick. Dead pelican babies were littered around the farm.

Staloch destroyed 70 percent of the 1,458 nests on his farm, each of which had at least two eggs.

His lawyer admitted the charges yesterday, saying Staloch "just snapped," according to the Star Tribune.

All he faces is a $15,000 fine and six months in jail for a misdemeanor violation of the migratory bird treaty act.

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realist2010
realist2010

I think we should all help pay his legal fees.  Most worthless, habitat killing bird ever.  Sometimes our forefathers weren't all that dumb (pelicans and cormorants)

steffercat
steffercat

This guy should be strung up by his arms (wings) and nailed to a cross.  If he can do this to baby birds, imagine the violence he's capable of with humans.  What a coward!  Am avid Central Flyway birder in Texas.

Thor_eppler
Thor_eppler

He should be fined more than that and should face a prison term.

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

The pelicans decided to nest there. The guy loses the use of his land, damage to his crops, and there's nothing he can do.  It's about time some one stood up for property rights and the rights of humans.

Guy
Guy

humans suck

Jess
Jess

Two things: First off, that is BRUTAL. Simply awful. This guy needs some serious mental health treatment in addition to whatever legal punishment he ends up with.

Secondly, I didn't know pelicans nested in MN! That's pretty cool.

Bill Crosby
Bill Crosby

This guy is obviously an idiot...and on so many different levels too.

Li
Li

What a horrible, horrible man! Wish I hadn't read this first thing in the morning. :(

green23
green23

It wasn't his land. He was renting it from someone who was okay with the birds being there.

Why did he rent the land if it wasn't suitable for his purposes?

We have laws. This guy knowingly violated them. He even asked the authorities if what he wanted to do was legal. He was told it wasn't.

Maybe he should have asked for his rent back, instead of committing a crime.

And the pelicans had been nesting there for YEARS. It wasn't like they just moved in after he had rented it. But don't let facts interfere with your narrative.

Hey, you're the guy who defended Amy Senser. When did you become concerned with "the rights of humans"? Aren't you more concerned about the rights of *wealthy* humans? I don't think Staloch was rich enough to rate "concern" on your scale.

And he had NO CROPS except for forage on the rented land, bozo. It wasn't even ploughed.

jdjeagher
jdjeagher

Staloch got over $600,000 from the Federal Govt in subsidies since 1996. Sounds like he must be a Republican--feeding at the govt trough while trying to get the govt off his back. check it out http://farm.ewg.org/persondeta....

Jeremy B
Jeremy B

I have to believe somehow that tolerating a transitory pelican population would have been less costly and inconvenient than six months in prison and a $15K fine.

Guy
Guy

Migratory birds are in the habit of leaving a place after a little while, so the asshole could have just waited.

no2green
no2green

You don't have a single fact right in you statement.  First of all the owner wasn't "okay" with the birds being there.  They don't care because they get paid rent no matter what. Second, the land is suitable for his use, it has been a field for decades.Third, the birds are new to the land because the flock has out grown the island that had been their nesting sight for many years.  They started nesting there in just the past 3 years and Mr. Staloch was renting it before that.Finally, he did have crops there.  What you call "forage" was weeds that resulted from a very wet and late spring.I don't know where you got the information you stated, but your souce is seriously lacking in credibility and facts.  I can not defend his actions but at least get one fact right. 

Spencer
Spencer

Ok, there is a # of things wrong with the above comment.  Where do I begin????@c96aed0c82d9e25ed194ede51bc666d4:disqus First, the "owner" in question doesn't live in the area. So saying the owner is fine with the birds being there is false and not to mention putting words in his mouth. Do you actually know this man and how he feels?  Pretty sure you don't.

Do you actually know how renting farmland works? In this case he had a contract that went through this year. I cannot say for certain but in most cases farmers sign multiple year contracts to prevent a rent increase.

"Asking for your rent back"???? Really dude???  This guy isn't renting a freaking 2 bedroom apartment in Uptown?  That's not how works in the real world moron.

Also, YEARS in this case is 2 years.  I am from the area, they nested undisturbed on the island in the middle of the lake until the water levels were to high so they moved nearby.  But don't let actual facts stop you. You should probably look up the definition of "FACT" cause I don't think you actually know what it means.

I could go on and on about your douschbaggery but completely owning you on this comment should show people what a tool you are.

green23
green23

My facts came from a DNR employee who said they were familiar with the case. I volunteer to do field work for the DNR, and the subject came up in a discussion. If my facts are wrong, then that's why.

I did not drive down to southern MN and spend a month doing research before commenting on a blog post in a metro alt-weekly. That's not how it works in the real world, moron.

I get that you think that this guy is some kind of hero to you, but he admitted his guilt. He knew that he was violating the law. He said that he just "snapped", which is kind of what you seem about ready to do. Perhaps you're related and it runs in the family.

It's a comment in a blog, buddy. Try to keep things in perspective. It's been weeks now, and I don't particularly care if you consider me to be a "tool" or not.

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