ORLANDO, Fla., March 6 (UPI) -- A pro golfer could face a $10,000 fine after his golf ball struck and killed a red-shouldered hawk at an Orange County, Fla., course.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Nationwide Tour player Tripp Isenhour was filming an instructional video at Grand Cypress Golf Club when he became angered by the bird, which repeatedly interrupted the shoot with its loud calls, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Thursday.
Isenhour hit several balls at the tree where the hawk was perched, eventually striking and killing the animal, the commission said. He has been charged with cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird, both misdemeanors. He could face a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted.
A prosecutor has suggested Isenhour be ordered to perform community service at Audubon Center for Birds of Prey.