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Lassen County poacher sentenced for killing raptors

A Lassen County man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to killing more than 150 protected birds and other wildlife.

Posted: Apr 13, 2019 2:02 PM

LASSEN COUNTY, Calif. - A Lassen County man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to killing more than 150 protected birds and other wildlife.

State prosecutors said today Friday that 68-year-old Richard Parker agreed to pay $75,000 in fines after pleading guilty to crimes related to the poaching.

Wildlife officers began investigating Parker after receiving a tip by someone who saw him kill a hawk near the town of Standish.

When they searched Parker's property, officers found 159 dead animals, most of them red-tailed hawks -- but also two bobcats and a mountain lion.

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