A South Dakota ‘Chop Shop for Eagles’ Is Busted, 15 Arrested
When you here the term 'chop shop,' you probably first think of motorcycles. And that's cool. But a 'chop shop' for eagles? That's a whole 'nother matter.
Most of us stand in awe when we see the National Bird. It's rare, and when it happens you stop and stare. If you're lucky, you might be able to snap a quick photo. But one thing you don't do is harm them.
Well according to the Associated Press, 15 people have been indicted for illegally trafficking eagles (and other migratory birds) after a two year investigation.
And yes, these are federal authorities.
Apparently these folks were trafficking eagles, and eagle feathers, for profit. Informants purchased bird parts, and even eagle wings.
The accused include people from Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota.