Eagle Shooting Costs Wyoming Outfitter $5000

January 29, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

Luckily for Wyoming fishing and hunting outfitter Sammy L. Coutts, the Bald Eagle was taken off of the Endangered Species list four months before he decided to plink one on his trout pond. So it only cost Coutts a $5000 “donation” to the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming. “Bald eagles are still protected in Wyoming under state law and, federally, under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. At first, Coutts reportedly denied shooting the eagle but later confessed under questioning by Game and Fish officers.” Cary Hatch in the Jackson Hole Daily.