CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee poultry farmer has pleaded guilty to misusing a pesticide and killing a protected bird.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in East Tennessee said in a news release that Lawrence Parawan of Wartrace pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court at Chattanooga.
U.S. Attorney spokeswoman Sharry Dedman-Beard was quoted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press as saying Parawan laced a chicken carcass with the pesticide carbofuran (car-boh-FYER'-un) and left it out to poison predators at his chicken farm.
Several animals were killed, including a Northern Harrier Hawk, which is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Parawan is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 30.
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