Undercover Agents Arrest Eagle Poachers3/13/2009
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Two of my favorite things, undercover agents and birds of prey made the news today for unfortunate circumstances.
Federal agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service arrested 4 people for eagle poaching. One person from Oregon and three from Washington were selling feathers from golden eagles, bald eagles, red-tail hawks (1st photo), northern harrier hawks (2nd photo) and red-shafted flickers.
Early last year, authorities began to make buys with at least three residents of the Yakama Indian Reservation.
From the article in the Oregonian:
“[Alfred Lawrence Hawk Jr] directed the [undercover] agent to a storage shed and opened a large ice chest that contained the heads, wings and claws of five bald eagles. He later pulled out plastic bags that held the tailfeathers of golden eagles and a shoebox that held the tails of rough-legged hawks and northern harriers, according to the affidavit.
The agent paid $2,720 for various feathers and wings of golden and bald eagles, red-shafted flickers and rough-legged hawks.
"Hawk Jr. said that he and his nephews got up early that morning to go out hunting eagles," wrote Special Agent Charles W. Roberts of the Fish and Wildlife Service, who signed the affidavit. "Hawk Jr. went on to say that they went out to sit on some 'shooters' . . . and eventually killed three eagles."
Shooters, according to the affidavit, were wild horses deliberately killed to bait and attract eagles and raptors.”
By: Jonathan Davis