6 bald eagles dead after “sloppy” application of pesticide
ABERDEEN, S.D. — A man has plead guilty for his involvement in mishandling a restricted pesticide that resulted in the poisoning deaths of several bald eagles.
David Meyer, 58, of Flasher, North Dakota is the owner of Meyer Buffalo Ranch on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. In 2016, Meyer supervised the misapplication of 39,000 pounds of the restricted use pesticide Rozol on his property.
According to over a dozen interviewed workers, the poison was improperly dispensed as a result of the demand to do the job quickly over a large area of land. Because of the sloppy work, the EPA emergency response team was dispatched to clean up over 5,000 acres of land. Over the course of the investigation, six bald eagles were recovered and confirmed to have died as a result of the poison.
Meyer is charged for unlawful taking of a bald eagle, unlawful taking of migratory birds and unlawful use of restricted use pesticide. The maximum penalty Meyer faces is one year in federal prison, a $100,000 fine and one year of supervised release.
Meyer’s sentencing date has been scheduled for April 2, 2020.