Throw ’em under the jail.
According to For The Win, two men were cited yesterday for unlawful possession of a bald eagle in Nebraska…
And what were they doing with the bald eagle, you may ask?
They killed it and intended to eat it.
The culprits were 20-year-old Honduran Nationals, Ramiro Hernandez-Tziquin, and Domingo Zetino-Hernandez who used a rifle to shoot the eagle on private property outside of Stanton, Nebraska.
They were charged with misdemeanors, but the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office added in a news release that:
“More serious charges are possible as the investigation into the unlawful killing continues.”
I mean c’mon, this is our country’s bird we’re talking about. The creatures have been protected since 1940, and this should be pretty common knowledge regardless of what country you’re from.
The sheriff’s office located the two men late Tuesday after responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle outside the main Wood Duck Recreation Area.
The two men, who are from Norfolk, were then found with the freshly killed bird.
The Sheriff’s Office continued in a statement:
“Further investigation revealed that the two had shot and killed the protected national bird in that area and stated that they planned on cooking and eating the bird.”
Nebraska Game and Parks confiscated the bird, along with the rifle that was used to kill it.
I would be incredibly surprised if there weren’t more serious charges to follow.