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Nontarget Trapping Incident Report

Reported: Feb 26, 2004
Location: Southern , Utah

Species: Other (golden eagle)
Trap Type: Leghold
Incident Date: Oct 01, 2003

Victim's Disposition: dead
Victim's Name: unknown

Legal Action: Yes
Result: trapper investigated

Summary: A trapper employed by the federal government's Wildlife Services was investigated for trapping, killing, and failing to report a golden eagle caught in a government leghold trap. The eagle was found alive and struggling by 8 teenagers and their instructor while they were hiking in a wilderness therapy program. When a conservation officer arrived at the scene the eagle was gone; only feathers and blood remained.

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

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