Suspect in cougar killing case pleads no contest

MANISTIQUE – The third suspect involved in the illegal killing of a cougar in Schoolcraft County in December has pleaded no contest to taking/possession of an endangered species.

Todd Anthony Richard, 44, of Burt, appeared in court Monday to enter his plea and was sentenced to $625 in fines and costs, along with 24 hours of community service for his role in the poaching incident.

During sentencing, 93rd District Court Judge Mark Luoma made clear that he did not believe the cougar killing was a case of self-defense. Last month, Troy Anthony Richard and Theodore Robert Richard pleaded guilty to their involvement in the case.

Anyone with information on any other poaching cases is encouraged to call the DNR’s Report All Poaching (RAP) Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800-292-7800. Information can be left anonymously; anyone providing information leading to an arrest and conviction may be eligible for a cash reward funded by the Game and Fish Protection Fund.