Plea deals under way in North Dakota wildlife killings

Bismarck, N.D. (AP) – Plea agreements are being worked out with
five people charged in what North Dakota wildlife officials say is
the worst case of illegal animal killings they have ever seen.

Game warden Pat Lothspeich says more than 40 deer and antelope
and hundreds of porcupines, rabbits and coyotes were killed in
Billings County in July and August of 2007.

He says the five people allegedly involved killed the animals
during night “shining” operations and left the carcasses. Four were
local people and one was from Montana. Lothspeich says he and other
game wardens have never before seen such senseless killing of
wildlife.

Stark County State’s Attorney Tom Henning is prosecuting the
case and says he expects to wrap it up in the next couple of
months.

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