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Nontarget Trapping Incident Report

Reported: Jan 22, 2008
Location: Missoula, Montana

Species: Other (golden eagle)
Trap Type: Kill
Incident Date: Jan 19, 2008

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

Legal Action: unknown
Result: n/a

Summary: A golden eagle was found with a conibear trap on one of its legs in a grove of trees in Clinton, near Missoula, on Friday afternoon. The raptor apparently carried it for several days over an unknown distance before it was grounded with a mangled leg. The trap also did not have a tag with the trapper's name, which is required by law. State authorities said the trap appeared to have been set by an inexperienced trapper, a poacher or someone trying to trap a nuisance dog or cat, which also is illegal. The bird was a healthy adult male weighing about 8 pounds, but its leg was injured beyond repair by the weight of the 3-pound trap.

Source: www.missoulian.com

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