A juvenile residing in Butler City, Butler County, was ordered by Butler County Juvenile Court to pay restitution and court costs totaling $5,206 for the unlawful shooting an immature bald eagle, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission officials. The juvenile, a 17-year old when charged, was also ordered to conduct 50 hours of community service, and has had his hunting and trapping privileges revoked for three years.The agreement stems from charges filed by Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO)
Arthur "Chip" Brunst on Jan. 31.
According to a recent press release the juvenile shot the bald eagle around noon on Nov. 17 just west of the Penn-American Water Company on SR38 on the Center/Butler township line. A call from a concerned citizen alerted the Game Commission to the injured eagle, which was recovered and transported to Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Crawford County. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts, the eagle died on Nov.26.