Friday, March 7, 2008

He Made A Birdie

PGA golfer Tripp Isenhour could wind up in the trap after hitting a noisy hawk interfering with a TV shoot.

As the AP reports:
The 39-year-old player, whose real name is John Henry Isenhour III, became angry while filming “Shoot Like A Pro” on Dec. 12 at the Grand Cypress Golf Club when a squawking red-shouldered hawk roughly 300 yards away forced another take.

He drove closer to the bird in his golf cart and starting hitting balls at it. The bird didn’t move and Isenhour gave up and drove away.

Isenhour started again when the hawk moved within about 75 yards, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Brian Baine indicated in a report.

Isenhour allegedly said, “I’ll get him now,” and aimed for the hawk.

“About the sixth ball came very near the bird’s head, and (Isenhour) was very excited that it was so close,” Baine wrote.

A few shots later, witnesses said he hit the hawk. The bird, protected as a migratory species, fell to the ground bleeding from both nostrils.
Isenhour faces misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty and killing a migratory bird, punishable of up to 14 months behind bars if he's convicted, not including what the birds will do to his car.

(Thanks to my Friday morning Prayer Breakfast group for the tip on this story!)

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