Published December 16 2012
Wahpeton man to plead guilty for placing bait near trap that caught eagleWAHPETON, N.D. — A North Dakota man accused of placing live bait near a trap that caught a bald eagle has signed a plea agreement.
Jay Schuler, of Wahpeton, is charged in federal court with unlawful taking of a bald eagle.
Authorities say Schuler broke the law by placing a turkey carcass within 25 feet of a trap. Schuler told investigators he was trying to catch a fox.
The bald eagle was injured and taken to the Wahpeton zoo.
The plea agreement calls for a sentence of probation for 12 months and a $1,000 fine.
Defense attorney Bruce Quick was not available for comment.