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WI father and son to pay fines for animal poisoning

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 TOWN OF SUGAR CAMP (WKOW) -- A father and son in northern Wisconsin have been ordered to pay a hefty fine and serve probation after they're accused of poisoning dozens of wild animals and birds.

 Prosecutors say Alvin Sowinski used poisoned bait to coyotes, wolves, and other animals in order to improve deer hunting prospects.  Federal officials say Sowinski's son Paul was aware his father was using the poisoned bait.

Our affiliate, WAOW, says Alvin Sowinski was ordered to pay $30,000 and spend 120 days on home detention.  Paul was fined $10,000 in federal court.  Both will serve one year probation.

WAOW says the sentence bans the two from hunting, fishing, and trapping.  The father is banned from those activities for seven years; the son is banned for five years.

Prosecutors say they found nearly 40 dead birds or animals, including two bald eagles, on the family's property in Oneida County.

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