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DOUBLE EAGLE By John A. Shutter Jr. PGC Enforcement Division Chief Bureau of Wildlife Protection, Retired N THE SPRING of 1984 my neighboring officer in Lancaster County, Ted Fox, and I were instructed to report to the region office to meet with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent, Leo Badger. The next day a curious Ted and I drove to Reading. Leo started his career as a Pennsylvania Game Protector in Erie County before becoming a federal officer. Both Ted and I were Deputy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Special Agents in addition to being Pennsylvania Game Protectors. Leo asked if we would help investigate the shooting of a bald eagle near Bethel, which had been found and turned in by a passer-by. The special agent conducting the investigation was having a problem identifying the culprit and the statute of limitations was about to expire. Leo wanted to give it one more try before the statute slammed the door on apprehending the shooter. The eagle, an immature, had been shot with a rifle. Although it was still alive, its wing had to be amputated and was now living at a raptor sanctuary. This particular eagle had been hacked into the wild as a fledgling by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. After reading the case files on the shooting, Ted and I headed to Bethel. Because several years had elapsed since any of the suspects and other people involved had been 6 I interviewed, Ted and I decided to start the case as though there had not been a previous investigation. We wanted to reinterview everyone whose name was in the files. Sometimes people who wouldn’t provide information originally have a change of heart. First we interviewed the farmer upon whose land the eagle had been found. He was very forthcoming but had no new information. Next we went to the home of a man I’ll call Robert. The USFWS agent believed Robert knew who shot the eagle. Robert allowed us into his home and agreed to talk. When we informed him that any person who gave us information that resulted in the successful prosecution of the shooter could receive a large reward, it became obvious he knew who shot the eagle. He was, however, the most difficult interviewee I ever dealt with. He would drop bits of information and then hold back. Ted and I took turns asking questions, as one tired the other took over. Several times we got up to leave but Robert would entice us back with a little more information. Once he told us that the shooter had also killed an 8-point with a .22 rifle while checking his trapline a while back. That violation was still well within the statute of limitations. After four hours, Robert still had not named the shooter and he wouldn’t agree to testify. He had, however, given us enough information to make us believe we knew who the shooter was. When we got back in our vehicle Ted and I both remarked that that interview was more draining GAME NEWS

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Contents
Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Double Eagle
Life & Times of the Whitetail
What is Public Access?
Fulfilling a Dream
Wild Goose Chase
Hunter Education Celebrates 50
The Old Beech Tree
Handguns for Bushytails
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Trapper’s Tips
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Double Eagle
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - What is Public Access?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fulfilling a Dream
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Wild Goose Chase
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunter Education Celebrates 50
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Old Beech Tree
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Handguns for Bushytails
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Trapper’s Tips
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Crossings
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