- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Vale man has been sentenced in federal court to a year of probation and fined $18,000 for trapping and killing migratory birds.

Glen Schummer, 68, pleaded guilty to violating the Lacey Act, a federal conservation law, U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson said. Schummer also was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and is prohibited from hunting for one year.

Authorities said the conviction stems from an incident that took place in February, when a hawk was found trapped on property owned by Schummer in Meade County.

Johnson said an investigation revealed that Schummer had two illegal pole traps on his property to catch great-horned owls and various species of hawks. Once the birds were trapped, Schummer would either shoot or club the birds to kill them.

Schummer would then dispose of the birds by throwing them into the river on his property, Johnson said. Schummer told authorities that he had killed at least 10 migratory birds in the past several years, Johnson said.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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