Two men confess in separate, unrelated wolf poaching incidents in Ontonagon and Menominee counties,

Written by on January 18, 2019

Michigan conservation officers obtained confessions Tuesday from two Upper Peninsula men suspected in separate, unrelated wolf poaching incidents in Ontonagon and Menominee counties, the Michigan Department of National Resources reported this morning.  Prosecuting attorneys are reviewing details of the two cases, with decisions on specific charges to be brought expected soon, the DNR reported. Gray wolves are a protected species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, so they can only legally be killed in defense of human safety.  The DNR says the names of the men – a 58-year-old from Greenland and a 67-year-old from Menominee Township – are being withheld pending their arraignments in the respective county district courts.  On Monday, DNR Wildlife Division personnel said they had received a mortality signal from the collar of an adult female wolf in Ontonagon County. Sgt. Marc Pomroy and DNR Conservation Officer Zach Painter went to the site, which was located off Gardner Road in Greenland Township.  After searching a vast area, and conducting numerous interviews, the officers developed several suspects by the following day.  The DNR investigates and pursues vigorous prosecution of any wolf poaching cases. Illegally killing a wolf is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both, and the cost of prosecution


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