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Three Iowa men plead guilty in raccoon poaching

January 09, 2011 at 12:17 AM

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

AUDUBON, Iowa - Three Audubon men pleaded guilty on Dec. 30, for their roles in poaching at least 72 raccoons after a caller to the Turn in Poachers hotline alerted conservation officers to the illegal activity.  A fourth individual connected to the case has requested a jury trial.

Jeremy King, state conservation officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said the men allegedly were using spotlights to find the raccoons then shot and sold them for their hides.  Raccoon pelts sell for $5 up to $17, depending on the quality.

A number of people came forward with information on the case that King and fellow officers Dave Tierney and Dan Pauley used to observe the men in action in early November.  The poaching took place primarily in Audubon County, but also in Harrison, Shelby and Guthrie counties.

“This is a good example of how a call to the TIP line helps to catch poachers.  We actually witnessed the individuals in the act, which makes for a better case,” King said.  During the investigation, King said they found receipts from fur buyers totaling more than $500.

Ben Petersen, 18, of Audubon pleaded guilty to not having a furharvester license, using artificial light to hunt, illegal method of take and failure to pay the habitat fee. Petersen’s civil damages totaled $1,400 and his hunting privileges will be suspended for three years.

Scott Downer, 19, of Audubon pleaded guilty to illegal method of take. Downer’s civil damages totaled $2,250 and his hunting privileges will be suspended for two years.

Chris Groninga, 20, of Audubon pleaded guilty of two counts of illegal method of take. Groninga’s civil damages totaled $1,400 and his hunting privileges were suspended for two years.

A trial for the fourth man, Michael Sonntag, 19, of Audubon is set in late January. He faces charges of illegal method of take in addition to charges for allegedly shooting a buck deer without the proper licenses in 2009, and allegedly shooting a doe with a rifle and leaving it to waste in 2010.  Sonntag faces fines and damages totaling nearly $83,000 and the loss of hunting privileges.

The DNR seized a number of items including guns, spotlights, traps and deer antlers.

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