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Police: farmer poisoned hot dogs to kill wildlife

The News Leader

April 27, 2010 12:19:14 PM PDT
Connecticut environmental police say the deaths of a coyote and a dog led to the arrest of a 48-year-old farmer accused of placing poisoned hot dogs around his crop fields. Department of Environmental Protection officials announced Tuesday that agency officers arrested William Bednarz of Windsor last week. He was released on a promise to appear in Enfield Superior Court on May 4.

The DEP says Bednarz allegedly admitted to placing hot dogs laced with Furadan, an agricultural pesticide, around his crop fields to prevent raccoons from damaging his crops.

The investigation began when a woman walking her dogs in Windsor found a dead coyote. Officials say one of her dogs gnawed on the carcass and later died.

Bednarz didn't immediately return a phone message Tuesday.


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