BAY CITY, MI – Shooting an endangered animal in the State of Michigan is illegal and two Bay City men learned their sentences on March 5th, 2014. The two were investigated by the Department of Natural Resources and several other agencies after a rare Cougar was found poached and thrown through a hole in the ice of the Saginaw River.
While in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, 42 year old Troy Richard and his 68 year of father, Theodore Richard, killed the rare animal. They ate its heart, kept the skull and hide as a trophy. They chopped-up the carcass and dumped it in the Saginaw River.
Troy Richard, it was learned that he, was the actual shooter. He claimed that he shot the animal in defense of his 68-year-old father. Richard pleaded guilty March 5 to taking or possessing an endangered species and conspiracy to take an endangered species. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, $5,775 in fines and costs, a 3-year revocation of hunting privileges and 120 hours’ community service. He also forfeited the .357 Magnum involved in the crime.
Theodore Richard plead guilty to taking or possessing an endangered species. He must pay $1,725 in fines and serve 96 hours’ community service. He also had his hunting privileges revoked for 2 years.
Cougars, also known as pumas or mountain lions, are classified as endangered in Michigan.