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Hartford Man Sentenced for Unlawful Taking and Killing of Migratory Birds

April 15, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Hartford, South Dakota, man charged with Unlawfully Taking and Killing of Migratory Birds was sentenced on April 15, 2011, by US Magistrate Judge John E. Simko. Randy Albers, age 54, was sentenced to one year of probation. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and restitution in the amount of $1,653.29.

Albers was indicted for the Unlawful Taking and Killing of Migratory Birds and Unlawful Use of Pesticide by a federal grand jury on December 8, 2010. Charges stemmed from reports of dead Canada geese observed on property that he farmed. Further investigation showed that Albers placed containers of gopher poison and chemically treated seed corn on his property to kill the birds. Several dead Canada geese were found on or near his property. He pled guilty to the charge of Unlawful Taking and Killing of Migratory Birds on March 11, 2011.

This case was investigated by the US Department of Fish and Wildlife and the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department. Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department encourages all landowners experiencing problems with wildlife, including migratory birds, to contact their local GF&P conservation office.

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