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Northern Michigan Poacher Admits to Role in Crimes

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One of three people accused of using in a Northern Michigan poaching ring admitted to his role in the crimes.

Police say a black bear and at least 7 deer were shot and mutilated in Grand Traverse, Benzie and Leelanau counties.

The DNR first received a tip about the possible poaching back in September, when 3 bucks were shot just outside of Traverse City. Only the antlers were taken from the bucks. The head and paws from a black bear were taken as well.

17-year-old Zachary Johnson of Traverse City told the judge he didn't shoot the animals, but acknowledged riding in the pickup as they were shined and killed.

Garrick Walston of Traverse City and Daniel Lynn Kelsey of Lake Ann also face poaching related charges.

Police say Walston shot the bear.