4 men charged with killing hawks in Orangeburg County

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.

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