Worker could be fined for killing birds |

Worker could be fined for killing birds

Gregory Crofton, Tribune staff reporter

A man hired to power wash a house at the 1800 block of Cascade Court killed three baby swallows June 14 when he destroyed their nest with his water gun.

Frederick Robert Parson, a 40-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident, told Game Warden David Bezzone that he didn’t know it was illegal to wash away a nest.

The nest was attached to an eave on the house. A neighbor who watches the house for absentee owners reported the incident.

Swallows are protected as a non-game bird by state and federal authorities. Bezzone issued Parson a ticket for unlawful taking of a swallow and taking a non-game bird.

The fine for the violation will be determined by a judge at El Dorado Superior Court. Fish and Game Lt. David Gardner said the fine could be zero to $5,000 depending on the circumstances. Gardner guessed that the fine would be $250 to $500.

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