Pine Ridge Reservation, South DakotaAn undercover agent was on his way to a house in Rapid City, South Dakota, to meet with a man about some eagles. The raptors in question were dead, and the man, 54-year-old Troy Fairbanks, was allegedly looking to unload their feathers and feet.
For a year and a half the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent, posing as a crafts and antiques collector, had been buying eagle parts from Fairbanks, building a case against the self-described “best feather man in the Midwest” for selling eagles and other protected birds, according to legal documents.
On this occasion, February 3, 2016, Fairbanks had invited the agent to his home to scope out his latest offerings. Allegedly for sale: eagle wings stuffed in