Release Date: 01/07/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Michael Bladel, 41, of Pollock in Grant Parish for allegedly killing a southern bald eagle.

On Dec. 21, 2005, agents received a report of Bladel shooting and killing an eagle on the morning of Dec. 20.  During the investigation, Bladel admitted shooting and killing the eagle. He stated he thought he was shooting at a chicken hawk. Bladel produced talons and tail feathers, which had been removed from the eagle. He then led agents to a local dumpster where he had discarded the eagle on the morning of Dec. 21. He retrieved the eagle, which was covered with debris, from the dumpster. Agents seized the eagle, talons, tail feathers, and a .270 caliber rifle as evidence.

Bladel was cited for taking non-game bird for which there is no season. The case will be filed in federal court where the charge will likely be amended for a charge under bald eagle protection laws.  Federal penalties for taking a southern bald eagle include fines of up to $100,000 and/or imprisonment for up to one year.

Agents participating in the case were Capt. Peter Oliver, Lt. Eric Stokes, Sgt. Michael Bonner, Sgt. Marcus Constance and Senior Agent Rusty Perry.

EDITORS: For more information contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at or 225/765-2469.