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No Jail for Wolf Figure, Almost $1,900 in Fines Ordered Against Farmer Accused of Leaving Cattle Vulnerable

posted Jun 2, 2014, 4:37 PM by chloe owens

5/9/14, by John Barnes,

No jail for wolf figure, almost $1,900 in fines ordered against farmer accused of leaving cattle vulnerable

A central figure in Michigan’s first wolf hunt pleaded Thursday to a reduced charge involving animal neglect…Koski pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of abandoning or cruelty to an animal, reduced from several counts…Koski has had more cattle killed and attacked than any other farmer in Michigan due to wolves, more than 100.  Critics accuse him of poor animal husbandry, leaving dead cattle afield, drawing wolves.  More than $200,000 in state and federal taxpayer aid was spent to investigate wolf attacks, reimburse his losses, and efforts to reduce them, records show.