Birdwatching Cat Shooter Says He's Now A Target

Friday, November 30th 2007, 7:49 am
By: News On 6

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A prominent Galveston birdwatcher who went on trial for fatally shooting a cat says he's left Texas after someone took a shot at him.

Jim Stevenson founded the Galveston Ornithological Society. He says he's received death threats since his trial on animal cruelty charges. A judge declared a mistrial in that case earlier this month
after the Galveston County jury failed to reach a verdict.

Stevenson reported to police that he was standing on his porch Wednesday when someone fired at him. He says he fell back but was not injured.

“I feel like a walking abortion clinic,” Jim Stevenson said.

A Galveston police spokesman says the department's dropped its investigation of Stevenson's report because he wouldn't cooperate with a detective. Stevenson says he'd rather have the FBI handle the case.