Archive for Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lawrence man charged in federal court with the illegal sale of eagle feathers

March 6, 2013, 5:17 p.m. Updated March 6, 2013, 8:45 p.m.


A Lawrence man and an Oklahoma man were charged Wednesday in federal court with "unlawfully selling feathers from eagles and hawks covered by a federal law protecting migratory birds," according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom.

Lawrence resident Ruben Dean Littlehead, 38, and Brian K. Stoner, 32, of Ponca City, Okla., are accused of selling feathers from both golden and bald eagles between 2008 and 2009 in Douglas County. The charges were made following an investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Littlehead is charged in four counts and Stoner in two. If convicted, they could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

Court documents with additional details about the case were not available Wednesday.


elliottaw 5 years, 3 months ago

More facts would be nice, did he kill the birds or just find/sell the feathers?

snitty 5 years, 3 months ago

What part of 'illegal' did these guys not understand?

Leave those ill eagles alone!

But - what if the feathers came from roadkill?

Jack McEnaney 5 years, 3 months ago

Did they get the feathers from white owl?

Bruce Elliott 5 years, 3 months ago

Dead or not, found or killed, the law states it is illegal to posses the bird or parts of the bird. Possessing covers picking up the feathers and placing them back on the ground. So technically, touching the bird, dead or alive, can or could be a crime.

frank mcguinness 5 years, 3 months ago

Please educate yourself on Eagle Feathers as the law applies to anyone both Native and non Native. It's a quick but necessary read in case you even come across a dead eagle.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 3 months ago

Thank you so much for this link. I knew that it is illegal to get feathers but had no idea the laws are this extensive.

Rae Hudspeth 5 years, 3 months ago

There may be more to this story than meets the eye here on lj. These men, as NDNs, are allowed by law to posses the feathers. Because it has to do with them selling them, and items made from them, I'm wondering exactly what is going on. The charges sound fishy to me.

JustWonderingAgain 5 years, 3 months ago

Wondering what happened to trading? or earning the eagle feathers? That is the way I grew up, I finally earned a plume when I was 16. Federal offenses on Eagle Feather's are very strict and it looks like these fella's will be going away for awhile. Good luck guys!

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 5 years, 3 months ago

Good. We almost lost our national bird, and it should be protected !!

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