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Yakima County couple convicted of eagle poaching

Yakima, Washington (AP) September 2010

A Yakima County couple has been convicted in federal court for conspiring to illegally sell bald eagle and golden eagle parts.

Jurors in U.S. District Court in Yakima convicted 38-year-old Ricky Wahchumwah late Thursday on three counts of selling or offering to sell eagle parts and one count of selling wildlife in violation of the Lacey Act.

His wife, 39-year-old Victoria Jim, was convicted of conspiracy, two counts of selling or offering to sell eagle parts and one count of acquiring wildlife in violation of the Lacey Act.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the couple are members of the Yakama Nation. Their attorneys argued they were following traditional Native American ways in collecting the feathers and other parts.




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