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Case ID: 3720
Classification: Other
Animal: bird (wildlife)
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Saturday, Apr 24, 2004

County: Clay

Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Glen Lawrensen

Glen Lawrensen, a Vermillion landlord, was fined $22 by the Fish and Wildlife Department after he reportedly willfully destroyed a nest of robin's eggs that was on the windowsill. Robins are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), which makes the destruction of their eggs a punishable offense.

According to the tenant that reported the situation, Lawrensen retaliated by terminating the tenant's lease, forcing him to find a new domicile. When the tenant asked Lawrensen why he had destroyed the nest, Lawrensen allegedly replied "There are too many robins around here. I do that on all my properties. Why are you treating me this way! Get the hell out of here!"

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