Man Fined $11,912 For Poisoning Birds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A southern Ohio man who admitted he helped cause the largest illegal bird kill in the state in a quarter-century has been ordered to make restitution of $11,912.

U.S. Magistrate Mark Abel also ordered Harlan Campbell, 68, of Jackson, to perform 100 hours of community service and placed him on probation for five years.

Campbell admitted that he and a friend, Paul Riegel, spread poisoned cracked corn on a wheat field northwest of Jackson on Nov. 15, 1999.

A total of 442 migratory birds were killed, including mourning doves, Canada geese, meadowlarks, horned larks, crows, killdeer and red-winged blackbirds. They were flying south for the winter.

Many farmers consider migratory birds pests because they eat crops. Riegel farmed the land where the poisoned corn was spread. Both men were charged with illegally killing migratory birds, but Riegel died last year.

The $11,912 was determined through a standard formula used by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. The formula places values on a variety of birds and other animals.

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