Men Fined, Get 1-Year Hunting Ban for Killing Hawks
Columbia, SC (WLTX) – Three men have been fined and banned from hunting for a year in connection to the killing of hawks at a hunting preserve in Orangeburg County.
Charles Williams, 66, John Dantzler, 66, and Jimmie Aiken, 57 entered guilty pleas in federal court to unlawful trapping of the animals at the Willcreek in Orangeburg County.
Williams, who was the registered agent for Willcreek, also plead guilty to seven counts of killing the birds. In addition to a $75,000 fine, he must also complete 50 hours of community service at a birds-of-prey center and cannot hunt for one year. Aiken and Dantzler were fined $1,000 each.
The case began after someone call a Department of Natural Resources tipline to tell what had happened. Officers say during the course of their investigation, they seized more than 30 raptor carcasses.
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