IA: 3 Audubon men plead guilty of poaching raccoons
3 Audubon men plead guilty of poaching raccoons
Jan. 7, 2011
Audubon, Ia. — Three Audubon men pleaded guilty last month of being
involved in the poaching of at least 72 raccoons.
Ben Petersen, 18, Scott Downer, 19, and Chris Groninga, 20, were each
fined about $1,000 and had their hunting privileges suspended for at least
Jeremy King, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer, said the
men were shooting raccoons and selling their hides. They were charged after
officers received tips about the poaching.
A fourth man, Michael Sonntag, 19, of Audubon, is scheduled to go on
trial this month. He faces similar charges as well as separate allegations
of hunting violations in unrelated incidents..
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