U.P. Cougar Poacher Pleads No Contest In Court

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Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources.

Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources.

Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says a third suspect involved in the illegal killing of a cougar in Upper Michigan last year has plead no contest to taking/possession of an endangered species.

40-year-old Todd Anthony Richard of Burt, appeared in court Monday to enter his plea and was sentenced to $625 in fines and costs, along with 24 hours of community service for his role in the poaching incident.

He was charged in connection with the illegal killing of a cougar in Schoolcraft County last December.

During sentencing, 93rd District Court Judge Mark Luoma made clear that he did not believe the cougar killing was a case of self-defense.

Last month, Troy Anthony Richard and Theodore Robert Richard plead guilty to their involvement in the case.

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