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It’s a Wild Life: Fed Prosecutors Crack Down on Sales of Sea Turtle Eggs and Eagle Feathers

Loggerhead sea turtle/istock photo

Loggerhead sea turtle/istock photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — This past week has been an interesting one for federal law enforcement and wildlife.

A West Palm Beach, Fla. man pleaded guilty in federal court to unlawfully possessing 119 Loggerhead sea turtle eggs and a Phoenix man was sentenced to six months home confinement and 150 hours of community service for selling 11 bald eagle tail feathers, authorities said.

The feds apparently take this stuff seriously.

“The buying and selling of feathers of bald eagles, our nation’s symbol, is illegal and those who choose to ignore those laws will be prosecuted,” John C. Cruden, acting Assistant Atty. General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division said in a statement after the sentencing Friday.

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