Bald eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Killing an eagle can lead to prison time and fines.
Investigators cracked the case with some unusual evidence.
The man said he was defending his father, but state wildlife officials say the animal posed no threat and was poached, its heart cooked and some of it eaten by the men.
The Bay City man says he killed the wounded animal the next day and took its hide and skull — but didn’t eat the heart.
State Natural Resources officials say two Bay County men face charges after a cougar was illegally killed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
State officials are investigating the shooting death of a female black bear in Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula as a case of poaching.
A Shiawassee County man has been sentenced in one of the largest poaching cases in recent Michigan history.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is trying to catch the poacher who shot and killed a bald eagle in a rural area north of Lansing.
One of three people accused of using in a northern Michigan poaching ring has pleaded guilty to eight misdemeanors.
A 51-year-old Michigan man is facing over 100 charges related to poaching deer and turkey.