Pickford man arrested for illegally killing wildlife

May 21, 2020

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A Chippewa County man has been arraigned on 125 misdemeanor wildlife charges, following a months-long investigation by the Department of Natural Resources.

Kurt Duncan, 56, of Pickford was arrested for illegally harvesting 18 wolves over the past 18 months and killing and disposing of three bald eagles.

Duncan was served four search warrants in March. Other species involved in the charges include deer, turkey, bear and bobcat. DNR Law Enforcement detectives said that Duncan was selling the animals, using them for crafts, or just disposing of them. He stated that he was catching the animals because he could and “likes to do it.”

Duncan faces:

  • Up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for each wolf
  • Up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for each eagle
  • Restitution of $1,500 per eagle and $500 per wolf
  • Up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine each for the other wildlife crimes.