A Michigan man, who illegally poached protected wolves and bald eagles, has been stripped of his hunting rights and sentenced to jail time, reports Fox News. The ruling, which bans 56-year-old Kurt Johnston Duncan from hunting for the rest of his life, was issued on Wednesday after the man pleaded guilty and accepted a plea deal.
Duncan is accused of killing 18 endangered gray wolves and three bald eagles – he is also accused of illegally harvesting deer, bobcat, bear, and turkey. A release from the Department of Natural Defense stated that Duncan admitted to killing the animals for use in “crafts, selling, or disposing of them, and stated that he was catching the animals because he could and “‘likes to do it.'”
In addition to the lifetime ban from hunting, Duncan has been sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 18 to 24 months on probation, and fines of $36,240, as well as $27,000 for reimbursement for the illegally taken animals, in addition to $9,240 for court fees and costs.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages the public to report wildlife crimes, stating:
Anyone witnessing a natural resources crime or having information about such a crime is encouraged to call or text the DNR’s Report All Poaching hotline at 800-292-7800.
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