Wheaton, Minn., man to pay $10K for trapping golden eagle in South Dakota

Bird snared in Roberts County in far northeast corner of South Dakota

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SISSETON, S.D. — A 69-year-old Wheaton, Minnesota, man has admitted his guilt in trapping and snaring a golden eagle in Roberts County in the far northeast corner of South Dakota.

Richard Michael Grohs entered his guilty plea to the charge of unlawful taking of a golden eagle on Monday, Aug. 23, in federal court in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Grohs was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno.

He also was put on three years of probation and must not trap for a period of three years.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury last Oct. 14. The trapping and snaring of the eagle occurred between April and May of 2018 in Roberts County. The bird died as a result of the incident.


The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

An almost 50-year veteran of the newspaper business, Amundson has worked for The Forum and Forum News Service for 15 years. He started as a sport reporter in Minnesota. He is currently the city and night reporter for The Forum. 701-451-5665
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