Man charged with 125 wildlife crimes allegedly killed wolves, bald eagle

A Michigan man has been charged with 125 counts of wildlife crimes stemming from a months-long investigation by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Kurt Johnston Duncan was arraigned on Wednesday on charges that included killing 18 wolves and 3 bald eagles over the past 18 months. Duncan pleaded not guilty.

The charges carry a sentence that seems a little low to me. They include

  • Up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine for each wolf.
  • Up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine for each eagle.
  • Restitution of $1,500 per eagle and $500 per wolf.
  • Up to 90 days in jail and $500 fine each for the other wildlife crimes.

The other charges involve deer, turkey, bear, and bobcats. DNR officers say that he was using the animals for crafts, to sell, and to dispose of the animals. They added that he did it because he could, and he “liked to do it.”

“We had a team of conservation officers that worked well together throughout this investigation,” said DNR Law Enforcement Division Chief Gary Hagler.

“Investigations like this require a long-term commitment from everyone involved. I want to thank the prosecutors in this case who worked with our officers. We are happy with the outcome and hope this case sets an example to prevent future natural resource crimes.”