Kentucky

Fine levied for poisoning of migratory birds

A Logan County man was fined $5,000 this week after he pleaded guilty to poisoning migratory birds, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service news release.

Officials said Freddy P. Jordon of Auburn admitted to placing Furadan, what they called a widely misused legal pesticide, on bait and distributing it on his property to kill predators. In doing so, Jordon inadvertently killed three red-tailed hawks and three vultures.

An investigation of Jordon's property began in January 2009 after hunters noticed several dead animals on his property. Officials recovered 22 animal carcasses that ranged from the six migratory birds to several coyotes and foxes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife said.

According to the release, Jordon admitted to not following the directions on the pesticide's label and laced it with turkey carcasses to poison coyotes.

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