North Dakota Pheasant Outfitter Pleads Guilty To Shooting Eagle

_Gary Stang, 63, pleaded guilty Thursday in a deal with prosecutors to the charge of attempting to take and kill a protected migratory bird.

He was arrested in March near his hunting excursion business, the same day investigators with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set up the stuffed eagle decoy as a way to lure him into shooting it. . . .

Under the plea deal, Stang was sentenced to a year of probation, a fine of more than $1,000, and the loss of hunting privileges in North America for one year. Stang also will give up a rifle, scope and ammunition. . .
Stang's attorney, Tom Dickson, said his client is under the mistaken impression that raptors — including eagles, hawks and owls — are hurting his business by preying on pheasants.

"Some of our older farmers have an irrational attitude toward birds of prey," Dickson said. "This would be one of those situations."_