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Selling Coyotes Earns Kennard Man Trip to Jail
November 14, 2007 - A Kennard man was arrested by Indiana conservation officers Sunday morning as part of a multi-state investigation into the illegal movement of live coyotes being sold for use in penned dog-running facilities in other states.
Earl Hunt, 110 N. East St., was arrested on multiple charges after conservation officers with the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources searched his home and business. Inspections also were conducted Sunday by state fish and wildlife agents in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia as the result of a two-year investigation.
According to a DNR press release, Hunt is alleged to have conspired to illegally ship wildlife, and to have illegally sold or shipped wildlife, offenses that are Class D felonies. He is also alleged to have made illegal sales to a nonlicensed fur buyer, failed to issue a valid and dated receipt, and been in unlawful possession of 40 raccoons and two beavers, all of which are Class C misdemeanors.
When contacted Tuesday, the Henry County Jail confirmed that Hunt was booked at their facility Sunday morning and bonded out that same day by posting a $5,000 surety bond. Efforts to contact Hunt for comment on this story were not successful.
The Banner was also unable to confirm whether any official criminal charges have been filed by the Henry County Prosecutor. Under Indiana law, Class D felonies carry a penalty of up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine, while Class C misdemeanors are punishable by up to 60 days in prison and a $500 fine.
"Trapping is an essential wildlife management tool in controlling predator and nuisance wildlife populations as well as disease," DNR director Robert E. Carter Jr. said in the press release. "The DNR supports and encourages legitimate trapping for those purposes, but this practice is a relatively new twist that is outside the traditional pursuit of wildlife."
The DNR stated in its press release that it is concerned that translocation of wildlife poses a health risk to animals and humans. When it joined the multi-state investigation, the agency was in the process of clarifying rules on possession of coyotes.
In addition to the DNR-regulated trapping and hunting season for coyotes (October 15-March 15), an Indiana landowner or someone with a landowner's written permission can take nuisance coyotes year round. The DNR recently sought to amend a regulation, however, to require coyotes taken outside the regulated season to be euthanized within 24 hours and not sold, traded, bartered or gifted.
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