Originally created 04/09/03

Wildlife poisoning charged in cases



Georgia authorities charged a Columbia County man with poisoning wildlife after a monthlong investigation that began with the discovery of dead animals on private land near Appling.

James Cleveland Wallace, 64, of Cobbham Road, was charged with three counts of violating Georgia's unlawful substance and equipment statute, which bans hunting or killing wildlife with poison or other inappropriate means.

Law enforcement officers from Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division found numerous species of dead animals, including coyotes, foxes, opossums and birds, said Department of Natural Resources Capt. Jeff Weaver.

The birds and animals are believed to have been killed with high concentrations of Temik, a pesticide most commonly used in diluted quantities on cotton and agricultural crops, he said.

Temik's chemical name is aldicarb. The product is categorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a restricted-use pesticide that requires licensing of anyone possessing or using it, according to information provided by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Mr. Wallace was taken to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and later released on bonds totaling $3,150, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

The three charges are misdemeanors that carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine per offense, Capt. Weaver said.

Reach Robert Pavey at (706) 868-1222, ext. 119 or rpavey@augustachronicle.com.