Man pleads in cougar poaching case

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MANISTIQUE, Mich. (AP) — A man charged in a cougar poaching case in the Upper Peninsula has pleaded to a lesser charge and been sentenced to community service and fines.

WLUC-TV reports Todd Richard pleaded no contest in Manistique District Court on Monday to taking, possessing, buying or selling an endangered animal. The 44-year-old Burt resident was sentenced to 24 hours of community service and $625 in fines.

Richard’s father, Theodore, and his brother, Troy, pleaded guilty in the case a month ago.

State wildlife officials say the cougar posed no threat and was poached by the men in December.

Troy Richard says he shot the big cat because it approached his father and wouldn’t flee when he yelled at it.

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