Wyoming outfitter keeps license after poaching eagle
Jackson, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming outfitter will keep his outfitter’s license despite admitting to killing a bald eagle.
State game officials say Sammy L. Coutts, of Bondurant, killed the eagle with a rifle shot when he saw the bird eating trout in his fish pond in October 2007.
Coutts holds a permit for a company that offers hunting and fishing trips in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
As part of an agreement reached Wednesday with the Wyoming State Board of Outfitters and Professional Guides, Coutts will pay a $5,000 fine. The fine will go to the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming.
Coutts also accepted a conditional outfitter license for five years, during which time he is not allowed to violate rules and regulations that govern professional guides and outfitters.