PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man convicted of four counts of Unlawful Taking of Migratory Birds was sentenced last week in federal court in Pierre. 70-year-old Charles M. Ross of ScatterGun Lodge was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation, $28,000 restitution, a $1,000 fine and a $40 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund. Ross was charged in August of last year. Authorities say that Ross unlawfully killed multiple hawks to protect the lodge’s captive raised pheasants that were released on the property to be hunted by commercial clients. The dead hawks were buried, placed in a bird “gut” pile or put in the burn pile. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service investigated the case. Ross was sentenced on October 1 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno.
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