Two alleged undocumented immigrants fatally shot a bald eagle with the intention of preparing it for a meal, according to the town’s sheriff, whose department apprehended the suspects. He asserts that federal authorities, who possess the ability to detain the suspects, have not responded to his attempts at communication.
According to Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger, the occurrence has left inhabitants of Stanton County, Nebraska, feeling “unsettled” and “outraged.” As of the present, the two suspects are free to travel within the country, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
While the two men have been charged with misdemeanors, Nebraska regulations stipulate that they cannot be detained in prison until their trial on March 28.
On February 28th, law enforcement officials in Stanton County responded to reports of a dubious vehicle near the Wood Duck State Wildlife Management, where the national emblem of the United States, the once-endangered bald eagle, was killed.
Officers present at the location found two Honduran citizens in possession of the deceased bird. According to Unger, they did not speak English and had no identification except for papers from the Honduran embassy.
The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940 makes the killing of a bald eagle a federal crime punishable by up to one year in jail. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for enforcing the law.
Nevertheless, Unger asserts that he has tried to contact the agency several times but has not received any response. “I’m very frustrated with the federal government,” Unger said, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
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