Plea Agreement Reached for Poacher Who Killed 18 Wolves and a Bald Eagle

Kurt Johnston Duncan, 56, was sentenced on Tuesday after a plea agreement was finally reached. This comes after Wildlife officials identified 125 wildlife violations of various species, including wolves, bald eagle, deer, turkey, and bobcat. He killed 18 wolves, a bald eagle, and many other animals that are not part of the plea agreement.

According to MLive Duncan will pay $9,240 in court fees, $27,000 as reimbursement for the animals illegally taken, 90 days in jail, and 18-24 months of probation. He has also received a lifetime hunting ban in Michigan, which prohibits him from hunting in 48 states that are part of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

Duncan excepted a plea deal pleading guilty to three counts of the illegal take, possession of wolves, three counts of the illegal take, possession of bald eagles, one count of illegal commercialization of a protected species (wolf).

“This is a historical case for the division and department,” said Chief Gary Hagler, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “We hope this poaching case acts as a deterrent to criminals for committing future wildlife crimes such as this. Our officers did an excellent job working as a team and building this investigation so it could move quickly through the criminal justice system.”

It seems to me that this punishment is not nearly enough, but we would love to here your thoughts.