Montana man admits illegal pesticide killed a bald eagle
Dale Duwayne Buerkle of Plevna, Montana, admitted this week that his illegal use of a pestice resulted in a dead bald eagle.
Two other counts, unlawful taking of a migratory bird (hawk) and unlawful use of a registered pesticide, will be dismissed at sentencing because of a plea deal, according to the Billings Gazette.
After neighbors notified authorities of a dead bald eagle on their own property, next to Buerkles, a state game warden found the eagle carcass and three coyote carcasses near a dead calf on Buerkle’s land.
The bald eagle, coyotes, hawks, calf, bugs and soil samples were all positive for carboruran, the Gazette reports.
Buerkle later admitted to injecting carbofuran into the stomach of two dead calves in an effort to kill coyotes. He has given his remaining carbofuran to authorites.
The plea agreement calls for the prosecution to recommend one year of probation and payment of $1,000 restitution. The defendant could be given a maximum of a year in prison and a $100,000 fine at the maximum on his Nov. 16 sentencing, according to the Gazette.
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