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Two Yakama Indians sentenced for killing eagles

Yakima, Washington (AP) December 2010

Two Yakama Nation tribal members were sentenced to six months in federal prison for killing and selling bald and golden eagles.

Alfred L. Hawk and William R. Wahsise, both in their 20s, both pleaded guilty to taking, selling or transporting eagles. They were sentenced last week in federal court in Yakima.

Prosecutors say they killed more than 100 eagles around the reservation.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the poverty-stricken men relied on subsistence hunting, but they are now barred from possessing guns.




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