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Cougar killing results in arrests

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Cougar leaping through the snow. Photo by Trevor Langbell. Distributed by Picasa.
Cougar leaping through the snow. Photo by Trevor Langbell. Distributed by Picasa.

BAY COUNTY  (WKZO) --  Two Bay County men are in custody after Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials say they killed a cougar in Schoolcraft County in the state's Upper Peninsula last week. 

Cougars are classified as an endangered species in Michigan. 

The state penalty for illegally killing an endangered species in Michigan is up to 90 days in jail and fines of up to 25-hundred dollars. '

The animals disappeared from the state in the early 1990s, and prior to 2008 the last confirmed sighting of a cougar was also in the U.P. in 1906.

 

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