Two Midland men have been arrested on charges of poaching black bears in Michigan.
The pair face seven counts of the illegal buying of Michigan black bears and black bear parts. The charges carry a fine of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail plus $1,500 in reimbursement per animal that was illegally bought.
The names of men are being withheld pending their arraignment in Midland County District Court.
The charges are the result of an undercover investigation by the Department of Natural Resources' Law Enforcement Division's Special Investigations Unit.
A conservation officer assigned to the Bay City District received information that one of the subjects was contacting hunters and soliciting the purchase of black bear parts.
Investigators established undercover contact with the suspect and an associate and a number of transactions involving black bears and black bear parts were conducted. There is a black market for black bear parts in Asia, where the parts are used for medicinal purposes.
Anyone with information of the illegal commercialization of any Michigan wildlife or fish or any natural resources violations is encouraged to call the Report All Poaching hotline at 800-292-7800.