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Troopers accuse driver of running down bald eagles near Unalaska landfill

  • Author: Tegan Hanlon
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published June 11, 2015

Alaska State Troopers have cited a 28-year-old man from Oregon who they say ran over several bald eagles feeding on a roadway in Dutch Harbor on Sunday, killing two and injuring two others.

A jogger witnessed the act and reported it to Unalaska police around 9:30 p.m. A Ford truck had hit the eagles near the Aleutian city's landfill, said Megan Peters, troopers spokesperson.

"The eagles were feeding and the person in the truck plowed through them and kept going," she said.

Witness statements led troopers, who took control of the case, to identify Dennis Thompson as the driver of the truck. Troopers cited Thompson for using a motorized vehicle to harass or molest game and accused him of "accelerating a Ford truck" through several bald eagles, killing two.

Peters said the injured eagles were not captured.

Thompson's arraignment is scheduled for June 30 in Unalaska District Court.