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Published December 16 2012

Wahpeton man to plead guilty for placing bait near trap that caught eagle

WAHPETON, 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.