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.