northern goshowk

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A Michigan man has paid a five-figure fine for taking a Northern Goshawk from a Vilas county nest on state land so it could be bartered for another raptor.

The sentencing was in federal court in Madison.

On December 11, 64-year-old Edward Taylor of Fruitport, Michigan pleaded guilty to arranging with his coconspirator James Kitzman to barter a northern goshawk taken from the wild in Vilas county in exchange for a captive-bred Finnish goshawk.

National Audubon Society

A Wisconsin man could face a year in prison and a $100,000 fine for taking a bird in Vilas County, trading it across state lines, then trying to cover it up.

James Kitzman, 69, of Oak Creek pleaded guilty (Monday) in federal court in Madison.

He’s charged with illegally bartering a northern goshawk, a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Lacey Act.

In 2017, Kitzman took the bird from a nest in Vilas County and traded it to Edward Taylor of Michigan for a Finnish goshawk.

The two then agreed to cover up the transaction.