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Spencer man gets probation for wildlife crime

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

PIERRE (AP) — A Spencer man has been sentenced for illegally shooting 61 double-crested cormorants on a lake island near the southeastern South Dakota town.

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Sixty-three-year-old Dennis Rowley was arrested in the summer of 2012 after state and federal wildlife officials received a tip. He was convicted earlier this year on a federal charge of unlawful taking of wildlife.

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Rowley recently was sentenced to three years of probation, a $3,000 fine, $3,050 in restitution and the loss of hunting privileges for three years.

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