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July 21, 2011 Hunting News

Kentucky Man In Court For Trafficking Live Red-Tailed Hawks and Bobcats

Danny Gayheart, 32, of Noctor was arraigned in federal court Monday, July 18 on four felony charges alleging violations of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and pleaded not guilty.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources were involved in a 17 month undercover investigation.

On Wednesday July 6, Gayheart was arrested by Kentucky conservation officers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents. His trial on the federal charges is set for Sept. 20 in U.S. District Court in Lexington.

He was charged with 46 counts in violation of state wildlife law.

Officials alleged that Gayheart illegally sold seven live bobcats and three live red-tailed hawks to undercover officers, beginning in February 2010. Officials also stated that they purchased fox and coyote carcasses from Gayheart as well.

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