COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say four men face charges after they illegally trapped and killed hawks in Orangeburg County.
Indictments say the four men trapped red-tailed or Cooper’s hawks at the 1,800-acre Willcreek Plantation in Orangeburg County during 2013 and 2014.
Authorities say their investigation started from an anonymous tip to wildlife agents. Investigators say agents serving a search warrant in February 2014 seized more than 30 bird carcasses
Prosecutors say 65-year-old Charles Williams is charged with seven counts of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, while 66-year-old John Dantzler, 56-year-old Jimmie Aiken and 56-year-old Alejandro Noyola are charged with one count.
The men face up to six months in prison and a $15,000 fine if convicted of any charge.
Court records did not list attorneys for the men.