Warsaw Man Charged for Selling Wildlife on Craigslist

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO): A Warsaw man has been charged for selling a mounted badger on Cragislist.

Acting on a tip, Indiana Conservation Officers charged 21-year-old Matthew Kerkhoff. It’s against the law to sell or possess protected species such as badgers, bobcats, or river otters without the proper permit from Indiana or another state. 

Kerkhoff sold the mount which led to the call to the TIP line. The TIP program does offer rewards for information leading to the arrest of any person violating fish and wildlife laws. 

Kerkhoff now faces preliminary charges of unlawful possession of wildlife and unlawful sale of wildlife which are both C misdemeanors.

Indiana Conservation Officers encourage persons to call the 1.800.TIP.IDNR hotline whenever they witness violations of fish and wildlife laws.