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Lampasas County man indicted in deaths of bald eagles, vultures

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LAMPASAS COUNTY, TX (KXXV) -

The Texas Parks and Wildlife said a Lampasas County man has been indicted for killing bald eagles, which are protected animals. 

82-year-old Jackie Brister faces additional charges for capturing and killing numerous other non-game birds, including vultures and turkey vultures. 

Texas game wardens launched an initial investigation after responding to a call regarding a wounded bald eagle discovered near Bend on Jan. 11, 2017.

Working in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wardens determined the eagle had been shot by a rifle, which later died. 

Further investigation, uncovered evidence of additional taking of protected non-game animals.

In addition to citations for the taking of a state threatened species and non-game birds, Class C misdemeanors punishable by fines of $25-$500 for each case. 

Brister also faces a Class A misdemeanor violation for hunting without landowner consent. 

That charge carries a possible fine of $500-$4,000 and/or up to a one-year state jail term.

Brister could also face civil restitution for the Eagles in an amount to be determined exceeding $10,000 each.

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