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State hunting for wolf poachers

Dec 6, 2014

State wildlife officials are looking for wolf poachers in the Upper Peninsula.

Credit USFWS

Two wolves were killed last month in Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties.

In one case, a tracking collar on one of the wolves was removed. 

In the other case, the animal’s body was dumped by the side of a road.

“It’s hard to speculate what their motivation would be,” says Debbie Munson-Baldini, a Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman, “Most people in the U.P. can live respectfully with wolves, but when it does happen we take it very seriously.”

Poachers faces fines and jail time if convicted.  

A conviction of poaching carries a 90 day jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.   A person convicted of poaching might have to pay the state $1,500 for the animal killed. 

There are more than 600 wolves in the U.P.