Ont. man trying to save birds fined for feeding fowl

Bill Thompson got two bylaw offence tickets for feeding the waterfowl in Cobourg Harbour. (Pete...

Bill Thompson got two bylaw offence tickets for feeding the waterfowl in Cobourg Harbour. (Pete Fisher/QMI Agency)

Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:24 AM ET

TORONTO - What’s good for the goose is good for $210 in fines.

If Cobourg’s Bill Thompson wanted to shoot ducks or geese there are licences for that and proper seasons.

But if you try to save them during this winter season for the ages, well, you’ll be fined for that.

Thompson’s got two bylaw offence tickets already and a promise of more to come if he does not stop feeding the waterfowl in Cobourg Harbour.

But the Vietnam veteran who settled in Ontario is treating his upcoming court date like it’s water off a duck’s back.

“I won’t be paying the fines,” the 73-year-old retiree said Thursday. “And I plan on doing whatever I have to try to save these birds.”

The court hearing April 2 is expected to be packed.

Cobourg has its own Duck Dynasty controversy and the feathers are flying.

Thompson says he has an instinct to protect the vulnerable and he finds it foul that he is in trouble for trying to save the birds.

“I have had so much support,” said Thompson, originally from Belfast who said he settled in Cobourg in 2007 after a career around the world in the U.S. Army.

However, he has also been told by Cobourg officials there is a bylaw against feeding waterfowl and he has been ordered to stop.

“If I do, they will die,” he said. “There is no food for them because of this harsh winter. Their corn fields are covered and they will starve to death.”

He said he has found 31 dead ducks already this year and the hundreds of Canada geese, ducks, swans and other birds needed his help.


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