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Mountain-Prairie Region


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August 21, 2012

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Poacher Sentenced for Illegal Killing of Eagle in Kansas


Golden eagle. Credit: George Gentry / USFWS
Golden Eagle. Credit; George Gentry / USFWS

WICHITA, Kan. – The poacher of a golden eagle in Trego County, Kansas, was sentenced today after pleading guilty to killing the immature raptor in 2011.

Chad Irvin, of Lacrosse, Kan., pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act; was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and restitution of $3,000; placed on supervised probation for a period of three years during which time he may not hunt, fish or trap; required to complete 50 hours of community service; and ordered to forfeit the shotgun used to kill the eagle.

A U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service special agent investigated the crime in conjunction with Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Natural Resource officers. The poacher killed the eagle with a 12-gauge shotgun, from a vehicle while hunting with family members. 
Golden eagles are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The killing of any eagle constitutes a violation of those acts.
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