- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York farmer is on probation for six months after accidentally poisoning three young bald eagles with meat he’d set out to kill coyotes.

Kirk Canfield also was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $3,000 restitution to the state’s bald eagle program during his sentencing Thursday in federal court in Buffalo.

Canfield pleaded guilty in July to violating the Bald and Gold Eagle Protection Act.

Investigators say Canfield put a pile of meat mixed with an insecticide at the edge of a cornfield on his Wilson produce farm last August in an attempt to kill coyotes. But some of the meat was eaten by the eagles, which were found dead nearby by someone riding an ATV.

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