DOVER, Ohio (Jordan Miller News) - A Dover man must pay a $20,000 fine for shooting and killing a bald eagle.

David B. Huff, 79, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

According to court documents, Huff shot and killed the bad eagle with a rifle on Oct. 7, 2021. The documents state Huff owns farmland and several fields in Tuscarawas County and shot the eagle during a routine inspection for pests and rodents on the property. After the shooting, Huff picked up the eagle and discarded it in the tree line of a bordering field.

The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940 prohibits any non-permit holders from, among other actions, shooting or killing bald or golden eagles.

Huff also agreed to make restitution to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, in care of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in the amount of $10,000, along with an additional fine of $10,000. He also agreed to five-year probation from hunting, as well as the destruction of the rifle and ammunition seized during the investigation.