Vermont man charged with shooting bald eagle

BARNET, Vt. (AP) — A Barnet man has been charged with shooting and killing a bald eagle, an endangered species in Vermont.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says 46-year-old Randy Goss faces $1,200 in fines and restitution and a three-year loss of his hunting fishing and trapping license if convicted.

The department says Goss admitted to the crime after an investigation. Vermont’s chief game warden says the department received several complaints from the public with information about the violation.

Goss could not be reached for comment. There is no phone listing in his name.

The department is asking anyone with information about poaching activity to contact a local warden through the state police or to leave an anonymous tip on the Operation Game Thief phone by calling 1-800-75ALERT (1-800-752-5378).