Watch CBSN Live

Man pleads guilty after poisoned meat kills 3 bald eagles

WILSON, N.Y. - A western New York man has pleaded guilty in the deaths of three young bald eagles that ate poisoned meat he put out to kill coyotes.

Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Kirk Canfield of Wilson pleaded guilty Friday to violating the Bald and Gold Eagle Protection Act.

Investigators say Canfield put a pile of meat mixed with an insecticide at the edge of a cornfield on his produce farm last August in an attempt to kill coyotes. But some of the meat was eaten by the eagles, which were found dead nearby by an individual riding an ATV.

Canfield faces up to a year in prison when he's sentenced in October.

View CBS News In