New York Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Bald Eagles Using Poisoned Meat

Originally published: July 26, 2015

Wilson NY
Wilson, New York (MorichesDaily) – An Upstate New York man has pleaded guilty in the deaths of three young bald eagles that ate poisoned meat he set out to kill coyotes.

Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Kirk Canfield of Wilson pleaded guilty Friday to violating the Bald and Gold Eagle Protection Act.

Investigators say Canfield put a pile of meat mixed with an insecticide at the edge of a cornfield on his produce farm last August in an attempt to kill coyotes. But some of the meat was eaten by the eagles, which were found dead nearby by an individual riding an ATV.

He faces up to a year in prison when he’s sentenced in October.

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