THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A newspaper reports that a city councilman faces federal hunting charges after he shot dozens of migratory birds that the councilman says were causing a nuisance at a friend's house.

The Courier reports ( ) that Lloyd "Chip" Badeaux was ticketed in December after killing more than the allowed amount of migratory birds. The newspaper says Badeaux is charged with violating federal law and faces up to six months in jail and a $15,000 fine.

Maj. Peter Oliver with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the councilman's case has been forwarded to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Badeaux said he shot the birds because they were a nuisance at his friend's home and he didn't consider them migratory birds.

The newspaper identified the birds as whistling birds.


Information from: The Courier,