Fines, probation in wild animal poisoning case

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TOWN OF SUGAR CAMP (AP) – A father and son from northern Wisconsin accused of poisoning dozens of wild animals and birds have been ordered to pay a hefty fine and serve probation.

Prosecutors say Alvin Sowinski used poisoned bait piles to kill coyotes, wolves and other animals in order to improve deer hunting prospects. Federal officials say Sowinski’s son, Paul, was aware his father was setting up the poisoned bait sites.

WAOW-TV says the elder Sowinski was ordered to pay $30,000 and spend 120 days on home detention. The son was fined $10,000 in federal court Monday. Both will serve one year of probation. The Sowinskis earlier agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say a search of the Sowinskis’ Oneida County property in May 2010 found nearly 40 dead birds or animals, including two bald eagles.

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