STE SAULT. MARIE, Mich. (AP) – A man on the Upper Peninsula is accused of illegally killing wolves, eagles and other animals after months of investigation.
Kurt Duncan from Pickford faces 125 counts of wildlife violations in Chippewa County, the Department of Natural Resources said. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the District Court 91.
Duncan, 56, was accused of killing 18 wolves over an 18-month period and killing three bald eagles. Both are protected by state and federal laws.
The accusations also included deer, turkey, bear and bobcat.
“Duncan uses these animals for various reasons, including crafts, selling or disposing of them, and states that he catches them because he can and” likes to do it, “” DNR said.
It is unknown whether Duncan has a lawyer who can comment. He faces 90 days in prison and a $ 1,000 fine for each wolf killed, along with possible other penalties, the state said.
It is expected that there are accusations against others, DNR said.
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