Police: Men set traps that killed protected wildlife

HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Maryland Natural Resources Police say two Howard County men set traps that killed a Great Horned Owl, two Turkey vultures and a striped skunk in April.

William Gunner Radhe Jr., 31, and Euguene William Iager, 67, both of Fulton, are being charged with killing state and federally protected wildlife, and animal cruelty.

Radhe and Iager are associated with Maple Lawn Farm, and neither of them had a trapping permit when the incidents occurred, police say.

In early April, NRP officers got a tip from local birders who found a dead Great Horned Owl on the Fulton Elementary School grounds.

An NRP officer found the carcasses and bones of five foxes, several vultures, a raccoon, a skunk and an opossum in the area around the farm's outdoor turkey pens.

If found guilty of all charges, the maximum penalty for each man is $9,000 in fines and nine months in jail.


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