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2 charged in poisoning over 70 wild animals

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TOWN OF SUGAR CAMPS (WKOW) -- More than 70 wild animals, including 2 bald eagles have been poisoned in Oneida County.

Alvin and Paul Sowinski are facing rare federal charges because of the poisonings. The Sowinski family operates a large potato farm, and Federal officials say that Paul had knowledge that his father was setting up poisoned bait sites.

According to the Journal Sentinel the Sowinskis have agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution. They will be sentenced on the poisoning charges in May and can face prison time as well as an additional $100,000 each in fines.

U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil says prosecuting such poisoning cases is extremely rare. In the last 30 years his office has only prosecuted at most 2 cases.

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