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Remembrance Of Wings Past
Chris Mannix
March 17, 2008
LAST WEEK golfer Tripp Isenhour came under fire when it was revealed he had killed a hawk in December while filming an instructional video. The bird was squawking, so Isenhour began hitting balls at it in what he says was an attempt to scare it away. Instead one of his shots struck the hawk, and Isenhour was charged last week with two misdemeanors—cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird. But then we already knew that sports venues aren't always safe havens for our avian allies.
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March 17, 2008

Remembrance Of Wings Past

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LAST WEEK golfer Tripp Isenhour came under fire when it was revealed he had killed a hawk in December while filming an instructional video. The bird was squawking, so Isenhour began hitting balls at it in what he says was an attempt to scare it away. Instead one of his shots struck the hawk, and Isenhour was charged last week with two misdemeanors—cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird. But then we already knew that sports venues aren't always safe havens for our avian allies.

June 2007 In a charity tournament in Iowa, Rob Lowe (left) kills a goldfinch—the state bird—with a shot from a nine-iron. "Unbelievable," the actor says. "When killing state birds, I almost always use a wood."

December 2004 A ball off the bat of Australian cricket star Justin Langer fells not one, but two seagulls in a match against New Zealand. Afterward, Langer says—what else?—"Unfortunately it's the first time I have killed two birds with one stone."

January 2002 At the Australian Open a bird chases a moth into the path of a groundstroke hit by France's Michael Llodra. Says Llodra, "I hit the ball, and I kill the bird. But, you know, it's like this: I can do nothing about that.... At least I saved the moth."

June 2001 Tom Kite, trailing by one stroke in the Fleet-Boston Classic, hits a tee shot that strikes a purple martin and lands in a pond. Kite makes a double bogey and loses. "I just came up a couple of feathers short," he says.

March 2001 A dove in Arizona meets an unpeaceful end when it flies into a Randy Johnson pitch. "It's crazy," Diamondbacks catcher Rod Barajas says. "There's still feathers down there."

August 1983 Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield (right) is arrested in Toronto after a tossing a ball that accidentally hits—and kills—a seagull. (The charges were dropped.) Says manager Billy Martin, "That's the first time he's hit the cutoff man all year."

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