Trafficking endangered eagle parts brings a $25,000 fine

Trafficking endangered eagle parts brings a $25,000 fine

Oct 15, 2008 07:02 PM

NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask.–A Saskatchewan pawnshop owner has been fined $25,000 for trafficking in wildlife, including parts of bald and golden eagles.

Linda Bomok of North Battleford, Sask., pleaded guilty to Wildlife Act charges.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment says Bomok's conviction follows a year-long investigation.

The ministry says in this case eagles in Saskatchewan were killed for their feathers and other parts, which were then sold in Canada and around the world.

Kevin Callele, a spokesperson for the ministry, says the illegal trade affects the birds' populations and the conviction will help eliminate a source of eagle parts.

Bomok's fine includes a donation of $1,200 to the Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society, a Saskatoon-based non-profit organization that rehabilitates birds of prey and returns them to the wild.

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