Poacher Gets Nailed with 125 Wildlife Charges

Poacher Nailed

So, do you think poachers are greedy?

Of course they are, that’s a no brainer.

This American poacher however, takes the cake as far as greed goes. At least that’s what it looks like on the surface (as we’ve said time and time again, there’s more not caught than ones that are).

The poacher, 56-year-old Kurt Johnston Duncan from Pickford Michigan was prosecuted Wednesday morning in Chippewa County’s 91st District Court on 125 wildlife misdemeanour charges.

The charges include illegally harvesting 18 wolves over the past 18 months, and killing and disposing of three bald eagles. That’s right, BALD EAGLES! Wolves and bald eagles are both protected species in Michigan.

There are also charges for killing deer, turkey, bear, and bobcat.

Duncan pleaded not guilty on all charges, but could face:

• Up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine for each wolf.

• Up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine for each eagle.

• Restitution of $1,500 per eagle and $500 per wolf.

• Up to 90 days in jail and $500 fine each for the other wildlife crimes.

There was a total of $86,500 in fines and restitution payments based on the penalty structure. However, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is seeking $30,000.

To cap all of this lunacy off, Duncan, after all, is said and done and he’s been charged with the above, says his reason is he “likes to do it.” Wow! 30-grand isn’t nearly enough for this kind of attitude.

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  1. Poachers !? That is a very revealing subject and something worth investigating. The defining moment is not only in the actions of this multicellular eukaryotic perpetrator, but in his physical characteristics as well.

    I will give you an example :

    Most living animal species are in the Bilateria, a clade whose members have a bilaterally symmetric body plan. The Bilateria include the protostomes—in which many groups of invertebrates are found, such as nematodes, arthropods, and molluscs—and the deuterostomes, containing both the echinoderms as well as the chordates, the latter containing the vertebrates.

    Life forms interpreted as early animals were present in the Ediacaran biota of the late Precambrian. Many modern animal phyla became clearly established in the fossil record as marine species during the Cambrian explosion, which began around 542 million years ago. 6,331 groups of genes common to all living animals have been identified; these may have arisen from a single common ancestor that lived 650 million years ago.

    Historically, Aristotle divided animals into those with blood and those without. Carl Linnaeus created the first hierarchical biological classification for animals in 1758 with his Systema Naturae, which Jean-Baptiste Lamarck expanded into 14 phyla by 1809. In 1874, Ernst Haeckel divided the animal kingdom into the multicellular Metazoa (synonymous for Animalia) and the Protozoa, single-celled organisms no longer considered animals. In modern times, the biological classification of animals relies on advanced techniques, such as molecular phylogenetics, which are effective at demonstrating the evolutionary relationships between animal taxa.

    The word “animal” comes from the Latin animalis, meaning having breath, having soul or living being. The biological definition includes all members of the kingdom Animalia. In colloquial usage, as a consequence of anthropocentrism, the term animal is sometimes used nonscientifically to refer only to non-human animals.

    Biologically speaking, these are the characteristics of “Poachers” – animals, but he has no soul.

    Kurt Johnston Duncan is more closely related to the “Poacher Fish”. The poachers are a family (Agonidae) of small, bottom-dwelling, cold-water marine fish. They are also known as alligator fishes, star snouts, hook noses, and rock heads. “Poachers” are notable for having elongated bodies covered by scales modified into bony plates, and for using their large pectoral fins to move in short bursts. The family includes about 47 species in some 20 genera, some of which are quite widespread.

    The pelvic fins are nearly vestigial, typically consisting of one small spine and a few rays. The swim bladder is not present.

    At 42 centimetres (17 in) in length, the dragon poacher Percis japonica is the largest member of the family, while Bothragonus occidentalis is 7 cm (2.8 in) long as an adult; most are in the 20–30 cm range.

    “Poachers” generally feed on small crustaceans and marine worms found on the bottom. Some species camouflage themselves with hydras, sponges, or seaweed. They live at 1,280 m (4,200 ft) deep, with only a few species preferring shallower, coastal waters. All but one species are restricted to the Northern Hemisphere.

    Yes, “Poachers” are a strange and mysterious life form. Roaming the back country. Stalking their next victim. Only they fail to realize, they themselves are in the cross hairs of the Authorities. Cooked like a “Poached Egg”! – Book ’em Dano !

  2. There is no amount of money to be payed as fines or not enough days remaining on future calendars to be set aside for a cell reserved for this goofs punishment. Unfortunately we know the judge will slap his wrist, apologize for his inconvenience and he will walk after paying his $5 fine giving him opportunity to plan and execute his evil murder of the next lot of defenseless animals. Until the courts get real tough on these criminals the murder and waste of animals will continue…

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