La Crosse man must serve 50 hours of community service for killing golden eagle

A Rush County man was sentenced to 50 hours of community service after pleading guilty Tuesday to killing a golden eagle.

Chad L. Irvin, 35, La Crosse, pleaded guilty in federal court in Wichita to a misdemeanor count of shooting a golden eagle, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. In his plea, Irvin admitted he knowingly killed a golden eagle on Jan. 9 near Cedar Bluff Reservoir in Trego County. Irvin was coyote hunting from his truck when he spotted the eagle and shot it twice with a Remington shotgun. He saw the bird fall.

Two days later, the injured eagle was reported to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, which recovered the bird in southeast Trego County. The bird was taken to the department’s regional office in Hays and then to the zoo in Great Bend for veterinary care. The bird’s legs were paralyzed by the shot and the animal had to be euthanized.

In addition to community service hours working with hunter education, Irvin will serve three years on supervised probation during which he cannot hunt, fish, trap, guide or accompany anyone engaged in those activities.

He also must pay a $5,000 fine, as well as $3,000 in restitution, including $2,500 to the state and $500 to the veterinarian who treated the bird. He also forfeits the shotgun.