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Oct 30, 2013 5:01 PM by Janine Reyes

Father and Son Facing Fines for Seagull's Death

ARANSAS PASS - Many of us have had encounters with seagulls, but not like this one.

An Ingleside man and his son could be fined thousands of dollars for luring one of the protected birds to its death.

It's also all caught on camera. Some people may find the video disturbing.

"I wanted to show him how seagulls would flock if you try to feed them," explained Ken Welsch.

But the video Welsch and his son shot, then posted online actually led to a citation. Both Welschs are facing two violations each. "Hunting a non-game bird and hunting a non-game bird from the road, I was cited twice," Welsch said.

Welsch is fighting the violations saying he was not hunting and he never meant for the birds to flock in the road.

"Did you think it would be a problem feeding them in the road," we asked, "cars typically go in the road."

"But we weren't in the road," Welsch responded.

"I feel bad almost for a second," you can hear one of them say in the video after the bird got hit. Still, he says that was not their intention.

Welsch says he never meant for the birds to go flying onto the roadway. He says he and his son were actually feeding the birds right in the grassy area beside the road.

"A car's coming, that's awesome!" is another part of their conversation caught on camera.

"My problem is I would like to know how they get hunting from this video," Welsch said. "I was not hunting."

That will now be up to a judge to decide. Welsch wonders why no one cited the driver and says he and his son handled this accident humanely.

"I do not condone killing birds like that, but at the same time, if one accidentally got hit I don't want to leave it sit there and flip around and suffer for hours," Welsch said.

The bird in the video did not suffer for hours, the video ends with his son picking up the dying seagull.

"Are you all picking it up there or what is that at the end," we asked. "That was, the bird was, it had been hit, it's dying and he finished putting it out of its misery," explained Welsch.

Welsch says his court date hasn't been set yet.

His son lives in Iowa and has until November 5th to enter a plea. Since he'd have to come here to fight it, Welsch says he'll likely pay the fine, which could be up to $500 per violation.

Father and son are each facing two citations, so combined, they could end up paying $2,000.


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