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Falconer Acquitted of Migratory Bird Treaty Act Violation

Julia Hatmaker - PennLive - March 21, 2015

Mike Dupuy, a Middleburg falconer and owner of Mike Dupuy Falconry, was acquitted of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in court on Feb. 18, 2015.

Dupuy had been charged with the violation after attempting to register three goshawks that he had captured in 2014, two for propagation and one for hunting. Instead of getting bands for the hawks, proving that they were registered, Dupuy was told he had violated the terms of his permit.

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Meet the Falconer Who Took on the Feds - And Won

Michael McAuliff - Huffington Post - March 4, 2015

WASHINGTON -- After Mike Dupuy, a master falconer in central Pennsylvania, captured three young goshawks last year, he reported the "takes" to local wildlife officials so the animals could be properly banded and applied to federal permits that allow him to hold up to four birds for falconry and breeding.

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Falconer Claims Charge Unwarranted

UPDATE: Mike Dupuy was acquitted in a federal court of the charges against him on Feb. 18, 2015.

Marcus Schneck - PennLive - February 18, 2015

Mike Dupuy, a Middleburg master falconer and raptor breeder, will go into federal court Wednesday morning to battle a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service charge that he illegally took goshawks from the wild in 2013 for breeding in captivity.

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