A father and son from Rhinelander were sentenced on Monday for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
According to law enforcement, Alvin C. Sowinski, 78, and his son, Paul A. Sowinski, 46, used the pesticide carbofuran to kill wildlife on the Sowinski property in the town of Sugar Camp.
The chemical killed several species of birds and mammals between May 2007 and March 2010, including a black bear, bobcat and at least two American bald eagles, officials said.
Alvin Sowinski received a $30,000 fine, a seven-year ban on his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges, $100,000 in restitution, and one year of probation and four months of home confinement.
Paul Sowinski received a $10,000 fine, a five-year ban on his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges, $100,000 in restitution, and one year of probation. Both men pleaded guilty to the charge on May 14, 2014.
“This sentence is both correct and just. The message to these two defendants and others should be very clear: wildlife in Wisconsin is for all of us to treasure, and indiscriminate, illegal killing will not be tolerated,” U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil said.