Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Galveston birder receives death threat

From the Houston Chronicle/Associated Press:

GALVESTON — Bad blood over the shooting of a feral cat has resulted in an alleged death threat against the birdwatcher who admitted pulling the trigger.

A judge declared a mistrial last week in the case of Jim Stevenson, the founder of the Galveston Ornithological Society. Prosecutors said they wouldn't retry Stevenson on charge of animal cruelty for the November 2006 cat shooting.

The prominent birdwatcher has since received an e-mail containing a death threat, said his attorney, Tad Nelson

"The e-mail said that Jim might very well end up in the sights of a. 22-caliber rifle but that, if he donated $10,000 from his bird fund into a fund for feral-cat rescue, he might avoid his fate," Nelson said.

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