Man pleads guilty to selling bald eagle feathers

EDGEWOOD, N.M. (KRQE) – An Edgewood man has pleaded guilty to selling feathers from federally protected bald eagles.

Dale Smith, 60, was caught through an undercover investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

He is charged with violating federal wildlife laws after he sold a feather fan and a medicine wheel containing eight feathers to the undercover agent for $1,000.

He faces up to two years in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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