Sep 12 2007 3:52PM
Valley City man sentenced for illegal pole trapping
Bismarck, N.D. (AP) In what officials call a landmark case in the
region, a man has been sentenced to probation and ordered to repay
$20,000 for setting pole traps to illegally kill great horned owls,
red-tail hawks and other protected birds.
The U.S. attorney's office says 58-year-old Alvin Schumacher of
Valley City was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months probation. He will lose
his hunting and firearms privileges in North America during that time
and must pay $20,000 in restitution.
Authorities say officers set up surveillance in a three-year
They say Schumacher admitted setting pole traps to kill birds he said
were preying on his pen-reared pheasants.
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