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Sep 12 2007 3:52PM

Associated Press

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 investigation.

They say Schumacher admitted setting pole traps to kill birds he said were preying on his pen-reared pheasants.

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