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Hefty fine for Wi father and son who killed wild animals

 
Hefty fine for Wi father and son who killed wild animals
Posted February 13th, 2014 @ 9:23am by Associated Press

 

TOWN OF SUGAR CAMP, Wis. (AP) _ A father and son from Oneida County are facing rare federal charges of poisoning more than 70 wild animals, including two bald eagles.

Prosecutors say Alvin Sowinski used bait piles with a highly toxic insecticide to try to kill predators, such as coyotes or wolves. The Sowinski family, of the Town of Sugar Camp, operates a large potato farm. Federal officials say Sowinski's son, Paul, was aware his father was setting up the poisoned bait sites.

The Sowinskis have agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution. They could also be fined up to $100,000 each and be sent to prison for a year when they're sentenced in May.

U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil says prosecuting such poisoning cases is ``extremely rare.'' He says his office has prosecuted one or two cases in the last 30 years.

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