Jere Martin Patterson Jr. of Largo, Florida, is charged with animal cruelty.
Patterson shot the bird multiple times with a BB gun, police said. Then he captured the injured bird, according to police, and killed it. The egret suffered “multiple fractures to the wing and neck area,” the report said.
After killing the bird, police said, Patterson stuffed its carcass inside a plastic trash bag and put it in a large bin at Keystone Mobile Home Park.
Disgusting of course, as any such behavior towards birds would be. But it is especially jarring for birders as the bird is described in the article as a “little egret” which surely many birders would have wanted to see.