Pa. woman sues for parakeet seized under game laws

YOUNGWOOD, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman is using the state Game Commission for seizing her 26-year-old pet parakeet in March.

But game officials say Faith Good’s pet, Gizmo, is banned under a state law meant to protect the environment.

Commission spokesman Travis Lau tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/15Nbuap ) that Monk parakeets like one owned by the Youngwood woman can tolerate Pennsylvania’s colder temperatures and are known to proliferate if they can mate in the wild. The birds, which are native to South America, build nests up to 10 feet wide that damage the habitat of other birds.

Good sued the Game Commission in Westmoreland County Court seeking the return of the bird she bought for $600 in January 1987.

Her attorney, Anthony Rosner, doubts the bird could wreck the state’s ecosystem saying, “It’s only one bird, so it can’t mate.”

___

Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

blog comments powered by Disqus