Man charged with killing bald eagle, officials say
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County man has been charged with killing an immature bald eagle earlier this summer, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday at a press conference.
Lee A. Covert, 32, of Fort Loudon, Pa., has been charged with violating the federal Eagle Protection Act and a state charge of unlawful taking and possession of a protected bird, according to the state Game Commission.
A game commission news release said Covert faces a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted.
The state charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $2,500 fine, according to the commission.
The young eagle, which had not yet developed the distinctive white head and tail feathers of an adult, was found dead on the property of the Mt. Parnell Fisheries, 1574 Fort Loudon Road, in Peters Township on June 25. The eagle had been shot with a small caliber firearm and its talons removed, according to the Game Commission.