Trapper Investigated for Killing Golden Eagle

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A Utah trapper is being investigated for allegedly trapping and killing a golden eagle.

Phillip Taylor has not been charged, but the case has gone to the U-S Attorney's Office for possible violations of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Acts and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The investigation was launched after a group of students in a wilderness therapy program saw a golden eagle in a trap last October in the Henry Mountains and reported it.

A wildlife officer went back to the scene and found feathers with gold highlights.

Wildlife officers executed a search warrant Taylor's home. He works part time for the Wildlife Services and could face disciplinary action if his case is tried.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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