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      2 plead guilty in killing of cougar in Michigan

      Two of three men charged in the illegal killing of a cougar in Michigan's Upper Peninsula have pleaded guilty in the case.

      The Bay City Times reports 42-year-old Troy Richard pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking or possessing an endangered species and conspiracy to commit that crime, while 68-year-old Theodore Richard pleaded guilty to taking or possessing an endangered species.

      Troy Richard was sentenced to 30 days in jail, fines and community service. Theodore Richard was sentenced to fines and community service. Both are from Bay County.

      Forty-three-year-old Todd Richard of Saginaw County pleaded not guilty to conspiracy. Schoolcraft County court records say he plans to hire a lawyer.

      The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the cougar was killed in December at a hunting camp in northeast Schoolcraft County.