ALBANY - Several South Georgia quail plantations are fined in a $360,000 settlement against hunting preserves for setting out poisoned eggs to kill predators of the game birds.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that Kolomoki Plantation near Blakely, Albemarle and Ecila Plantations near Albany and Nochaway Plantation in Leary were each required to pay a few thousand dollars.
A state investigation originally targeted 16 plantations.
The fines ends a four-year prosecution that could have led to more than ten million dollars in fines for violating laws regulating the use of pesticides.
The EPA said the agency hopes the fines will send a message to others who might misuse pesticides.