Sheldon Tree Prime, forty three, of Mandan, who faces as much as two years in jail and a $250,000 nice, was taken into custody final Friday by the U.S. Marshal Service pending his trial. No trial date has been set. He entered a not responsible plea on the listening to.
In a two-yr operation, an informant with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bought protected eagle elements, in addition to these from different migratory birds in peril, from quite a few individuals principally in South Dakota beginning in 2014 and lasting into 2016.
Tree Prime is accused of trafficking in eagle and hawk elements between Aug. 7, 2014, and Aug. 14, 2014.
Beneath federal regulation, solely American Indians in acknowledged tribes are allowed to personal eagle feathers to be used of their spiritual and cultural ceremonies. Nevertheless, the federal authorities is the one authorized provider by means of the Nationwide Eagle Repository in a suburb of Denver.