Ariz. man sentenced for selling bald eagle feathers

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PHOENIX -- Authorities say a Dilkon man has been sentenced in federal court for selling 11 bald eagle tail feathers.

Prosecutors say Cedric E. Salabye pleaded guilty in April to one count of a federal indictment charging him with selling eagle feathers in violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

A U.S. District Court judge in Phoenix on Friday sentenced Salabye to five years of probation, six months of home confinement and 150 hours of community service.

Authorities say at the time Salabye committed the violation in 2006, the bald eagle was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The bald eagle was removed from protection under the federal Endangered Species Act in 2007.

However, two other federal laws still provide protection for the bald eagle.

Eagles and other protected migratory birds are viewed as sacred in many Indian cultures and the feathers of the birds are central to religious and spiritual customs.

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