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Accidental eagle poisoning cases resolved with Community service agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2012

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that an agreement has been reached between the United States and Jennifer M. Primich, 37, of Phelps, Wis., in connection with the accidental poisoning of bald eagles on April 9, 2011, at a landfill near Eagle River, Wis.

Seven bald eagles were found comatose and near death near the landfill on April 9, 2011. An investigation conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources established that the eagles were poisoned accidentally after feeding on the remains of euthanised animals. Ms. Primich had sent the remains to the landfill on behalf of the Vilas County Humane Society.

On June 1, 2011, after weeks of intensive care, the eagles - three adults and four juveniles - all recovered from the euthanasia toxin and were successfully released back to the wild at Antigo, Wis., by Marge Gibson and her staff at the Raptor Education Group. Thus, the largest and most successful rescue of poisoned eagles came to a dramatic and happy completion.

Given the serious, but accidental, poisoning of the eagles, the United States agreed that an appropriate resolution of this case was for Ms. Primich to complete one hour of community outreach per month over the next 12 months. The outreach will be performed at county humane societies and will address the secondary mortality effects of using euthanasia drugs.

Unites States Attorney Vaudreuil stated that today's resolution was the result of a joint investigation between the Wisconsin DNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For more information about the secondary poisoning effects associated with euthanasia chemicals please visit http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/poison.pdf .

 

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