Farmer gets fine, community service for shooting bald eagle
Tuesday, June 04 2013 @ 01:41 AM EDT
Contributed by: MaryF
Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lancaster New Era
This is the dead immature bald eagle that the Pennsylvania Game Commission
said a farmer shot around Thanksgiving. (Pa. Game Commission)
An Amish farmer has been accepted into a probation program for first-time offenders and will have to perform community service and pay a $5,000 replacement fee for shooting a state-threatened bald eagle.
Paul A. Zook, 28, of Geist Road, Leola, was charged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission after officials said he admitted shooting the eagle for preying on his free-range chickens. According to a criminal complaint, Zook said he thought he was shooting at a hawk.
Zook told investigators he had previously shot three red-tailed hawks, according to the complaint.
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