Farmer fined after using insecticide to kill birds

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An East Tennessee farmer has been fined $5,000 for improperly using a pesticide to kill birds.

U.S. Attorney Russ Dedrick says Kenneth Ray Nelson of Washington County was charged with mixing a restricted-use insecticide with bird seed and placing it in meat used for bait.

The insecticide killed a song sparrow, violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Nelson pleaded guilty to one violation and was found guilty of another.

State and federal officers investigated after a neighbor reported that her dog ingested some poison and became gravely ill. Investigators found several dead songbirds and a dead cat near the bait stations.

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