NH man fined for illegally selling, possessing birds protected under federal law
CONCORD — A Dover man has been been fined for illegally possessing birds of prey protected under federal law and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA.)
Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced on Wednesday that Jeremiah S. Loui, 31 of Dover, was fined $1,000 for the illegal possession of birds of prey protected by the MBTA and other federal laws.
According to court documents and statements made during prior proceedings in the case, Loui bought and resold a taxidermied Accipiter gentilis, commonly known as a Northern Goshawk, online. He also sold or possessed 14 other taxidermied birds of prey protected under either the MBTA or a similar wildlife statute, the Wild Bird Conservation Act.
Loui reportedly also made false statements to a law enforcement officer who was investigating his offenses.
Loui had previously pleaded guilty to violating the MBTA. As part of a plea agreement, Loui agreed to forfeit any interest he has in any of the 15 protected birds.