In Onieda County, Wisconsin a father and son duo, both 65 and 46 respectively, have entered into plea agreements after being charged with illegal possession of bald eagles. Alvin Sowinkski and, son, Paul Sowinski were charged under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act for the death of the birds by poisoned animal bait.
Department of Natural Resource wardens say the indiscriminate poisoning of wildlife to improve hunting opportunities impacted more wildlife than the two eagles found. The three-year investigation began in 2007. DNR wardens found that Alvin Sowinski was using the insecticide Carbofuran, to kill wildlife on their family farming operation.
U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil says the Sowinski’s have agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution and lose their privileges to hunt, fish and trap for a period of not less than five years. Plea hearings are scheduled for May 8th before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker.