Utah resident Dell "Super Dell" Schanze is facing two federal misdemeanor charges for allegedly chasing a barn owl with his paraglider - and proceeding to kick the animal.
A video of Schanze's paragliding experience, which has since been removed from YouTube, surfaced in April of 2013. The video allegedly depicted Schanze using a motorized paraglider to pursue a flying owl. At one point, Schanze appears to make contact with the bird, and proceeds to gleefully shout "I kicked an owl butt! ... Dude, was that wicked? I just kicked that owl in the backside!" The clip immediately ruffled the feathers of the paragliding community, who alerted authorities to Schanze's behavior.
"Speechless. Never seen anything like that before in my life," Carl Arky, spokesman for the Humane Society of Utah, tells KSL after watching the video. "The Humane Society, and everybody who supports us, condemns this."
Jeff Goin, President of the US Powered Paragliding Association, shared a similar sentiment, telling KSL that "It's animal cruelty ... It just feels bad and gives the sport a bad name."