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Feds charge “Super Dell” Schanze with harassing wildlife

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Oct 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-28 19:32:33-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Federal prosecutors have leveled misdemeanor charges against “Super Dell” Schanze, accusing him of harassing wildlife with a paraglider.

In court papers filed Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah charged Schanze with one count of using an aircraft to harass wildlife and pursuing a migratory bird. Potential punishments, if he is convicted, range from six months to a year in jail and as much as a $100,000 fine.

Read the charging documents here:

Schanze is accused of using a motorized paraglider to chase a barn owl in 2011. It was an incident that was filmed, although Schanze refused to confirm to FOX 13 at the time it was him.

In court papers, the federal government indicated it sought to seize his paraglider if Schanze is convicted. He will be issued a summons to appear in federal court.