- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A 60-year-old man who acknowledged killing a golden eagle near Glasgow must pay a $3,000 fine and $3,000 in restitution.

Keith Morehouse, of Glasgow, was sentenced in federal court Tuesday after he pleaded guilty. The restitution will go to Bozeman’s Montana Raptor Conservation Center, which rehabilitates injured birds and engages in community education, conservation and research.

Prosecutors say Morehouse violated state trapping regulations when he killed the eagle with a snare about 5 feet from the bait station. The state requires a 30-foot setback from bait stations visible from above.

An examination of the eagle revealed that it had been strangled to death by a loop of wire around its neck.

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