Saturday, December 13, 2014

Reward offered in two #wolf poaching investigations in MI

Two wolves were found dead on November 26.  One wolf was discovered dead in Mackinac County. The second wolf, which was involved in a wildlife study,  was discovered dead in Schoolcraft County.

by Roxanne Werly
Posted: 12.04.2014

MACKINAC COUNTY -- The Department of Natural Resources is asking for help in two wolf poaching cases in Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties.

The first investigation began near the Mackinac-Luce county line close to M-117 southwest of Newberry.   The wolf was found near County Road 468 in Lakefield Township on November 26.
A forensic examination determined the wolf died of a gunshot wound. Officials believe the wolf was killed in another location and taken to where it was dumped.

The second poaching was discovered on November 26  in Schoolcraft County.  The wolf, which was a part of a wildlife study,  was found dead near Gulliver in Doyle Township.  Officials with the DNR said the tracking collar on the wolf was removed and disposed of by the poacher.

A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the subject or subjects involved.

Anyone with any possible information on these cases is asked to call the Report All Poaching Hotline at 800-292-7800, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or to contact their local DNR office or conservation officer. Information may be left anonymously. Callers may remain anonymous and still be eligible to receive a reward.

The maximum penalty for poaching a wolf is 90 days in jail or a fine of up to $1,000, or both, plus reimbursement of $1,500 to the state for the animal. Poaching convictions also usually include a suspension of hunting privileges for a period of four years.