Michigan Teens Charged With Poaching

Michigan DNR, Bear Hunting Magazine

A Michigan 17 year-old is charged with poaching a black bear and at least seven deer entered a not guilty plea to 11 misdemeanor counts. The teen from Traverse City, Michigan is charged with using an artificial light to illegally hunt and taking wild animals without a hunting license. He faces up to 90 days in jail on each of the 11 counts.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources contends the 17 year-old and two others (ages 17 and 21) poached the bear and deer in September and October by "shining" the animals with a spotlight from a pickup, then shooting them with a rifle. The animals were killed in Grand Traverse, Benzie and Leelanau counties.

The other 17 year-old charged plead guilty to eight hunting-related misdemeanor offenses on Tuesday. He was sentenced to a year of probation and $2,400 in fines.

Misdemeanor charges against the 21 year-old are pending.

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