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Missouri City man charged with possessing a bald eagle

May 17, 2012 at 12:17 a.m.


A Missouri City man was indicted Thursday on a federal charge of possession of a bald eagle.

Sam Mathew, 53, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Victoria federal court, said U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson in a news release.

The indictment alleges Mathew had the bird around Feb. 29.

Bald eagles are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which protects migratory birds.

Under the act, it is illegal to own, hunt, take, capture or kill, offer for sale or purchase, deliver or ship the protected birds.

If convicted, Mathew faces a possible $15,000 fine and/or a six-month federal prison sentence.

The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugo R. Martinez.

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