Pickford Man Charged With 125 Wildlife Crimes

A Pickford man is accused of 125 wildlife crimes following a months-long investigation by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Kurt Johnston Duncan was charged with 125 wildlife crimes in Chippewa County Wednesday morning.

According to the DNR, the charges include illegally harvesting 18 wolves over the past 18 months and killing and disposing of three bald eagles. The DNR says other species involved in the charges include deer, bear and bobcat.

DNR detectives say Duncan was using the animals for a number of reasons, such as crafts, selling or disposing of them.

Detectives say Duncan told them he was catching the animals because he could and “likes to do it.”

If found guilty, Duncan faces:

  • 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.