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DNR seeks info on bald eagle death


Bald eagles are no longer endangered, but they are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. This eagle was spotted a few weeks ago in Solon Township. Photo by J. August.

Anyone with a tip should call or text the Report All Poaching line

Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are asking for citizen assistance with an investigation into the death of a bald eagle in Mecosta County.

On Thursday, March 1, conservation officers were called to the vicinity of 20 Mile Road near Grant Center in Grant Township, where the mature bald eagle was discovered. The bird was lodged in the limbs of a large tree near the road.

Officers recovered the eagle, which had sustained a traumatic injury. It will undergo a necropsy at the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Lansing. Lab results may be used to confirm a cause of death and provide evidence that will be critical to the investigation.

“Bald eagles are a majestic, protected species. It’s important we resolve this case and that any violators are held accountable,” said 1st Lt. John Jurcich, district supervisor for the DNR Law Enforcement Division. “The public’s cooperation often makes a positive difference in these types of investigations. We value our partnership with the communities we serve and ask that anyone with information do their part by reporting it.”

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Report All Poaching (RAP) hotline at 800-292-7800. The RAP line is a convenient, effective way for citizens to report the illegal taking of fish or game, or damage to the state›s natural resources. The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

An individual offering information that leads to a successful conviction may be eligible for a reward through the RAP program. While citizens can remain anonymous, they must provide their names if they wish to be eligible for a reward.

The penalty for killing a bald eagle is up to 90 days in jail, a fine ranging from $100 to $1,000, or both; and reimbursement to the state of $1,500 per eagle.

Learn more about eagles and other bird species at www.allaboutbirds.org/.

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Stolen car found in Solon Township


A vehicle that was stolen in Grant Township Sunday was found in Solon Township Monday.

According to the Michigan State Police Post in Newaygo, troopers were dispatched to a larceny complaint Sunday, about 6:45 p.m. on S. Thornapple in Grant Township, Newaygo County. The caller said the suspect was still in the residence.

The caller took off on foot before troopers arrived on scene, and a canine unit was called in. While the canine unit attempted to locate the suspect, a City Watch alert was sent out on the phone line to area residents telling them that a suspect was on the loose and to make sure their doors were locked and their keys were not in their vehicles.

A short time later, a resident who received the call looked out his window and noticed that his pickup truck, a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, with a black bed cover, was missing.

On Monday, March 7, the Kent County Sheriff Department located the suspect and the stolen vehicle near the Olin Lake area in Solon Township. Trooper Bozek of the MSP Newaygo Post responded to the scene with the owner of the stolen vehicle, and the suspect was taken into custody. He was transported to the Newaygo County Jail, and is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, March 10. His name is being withheld pending arraignment.

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