Dad, son charged with poisoning bald eagles in Wisconsin

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February 14, 2014 7:22:57 AM PST
A father-son farming duo in Wisconsin faces prison time for the poisoning deaths of more than 70 wild animals, including at least two bald eagles.

Alvin and Paul Sowinski -- age 65 and 46, respectively ? have agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution. They also also face penalties of up to $100,000 each and up to a year in prison at their sentencing in May, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

According to court documents filed by prosecutors, Alvin Sowinski used poisoned bait piles to try to kill predators. He reportedly revealed his tactics to an undercover officer.

Among the wildlife poisoned with pesticides by the Sowinskis between 2007 and 2010 were at least two bald eagles, a turkey vulture, nine coyotes, one bobcat, three ermine, crows, songbirds, squirrels, skunks and other unidentified animals, the newspaper reports

The son was reportedly aware that his father was setting up poisoned bait sites. He was seen on hidden camera video tossing a dead eagle into some brush, then returning later and putting it in a burn pile.

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