Two Men Sentenced In Cougar Killing

By: News 10
By: News 10

 According to the state, the Richards ultimately admitted to the crime and called it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Two men have been sentenced to jail time and fines for killing a cougar in the Upper Peninsula last December.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources say Troy Richards, 42, from Bay City, shot the cougar when it walked into the men's deer food plot in Schoolcraft County and drove out the deer.
The DNR says Richards shot the cougar, and then tracked the wounded animal for approximately a quarter mile the next day and killed it.
The DNR also says Richards and his father, Theodore Richards, 68, from Munger, brought the animal back to their camp, field dressed it and hid it.
They later cooked and ate part of the heart.
Afterward they left for their homes with the cougar intact by field dressed in the back of Troy Richard's truck.
The DNR says he struck a deer and took it and another deer they had killed to the MSP post in St. Ignace where Troy Richard got a permit for the roadkill.
Richard had the cougar carcass in the truck but did not report it.
The state says he went to his home and skinned it to prepare it for mounting.
The skull was also boiled and preserved.
When the DNR officers learned about the poaching, the men allegedly tried to hide the evidence at another location.
Officers said the men lied about the incident, and later sent the DNR staff to several locations where the claimed to have disposed of the cougar.
The DNR says the cougar hide, skull and entrails were eventually found at the Richards' camp.
According to the state, the Richards ultimately admitted to the crime and called it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Cougars are on Michigan's endangered species list and cannot be hunted.
Troy Richard will spend 30 days in jail, a 3-year revocation of hunting privileges, a fine, court costs, restitution, and community service.
Theodore Richard will pay fines, a 2-year revocation of hunting privileges and community service.
Troy's brother Todd Richard has pled not guilty to conspiracy.
He owns a taxidermy business in Bay County.


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