WARSAW, Ind. (WANE) A tip received on the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) tip line has led to the arrest of a a Warsaw man for illegally selling a stuffed badger on Craigslist.
Matthew M. Kerkhoff, 21, faces preliminary charges of unlawful possession of wildlife and unlawful sale of wildlife which are both misdemeanors.
DNR Conservation officers got a tip on the 1-800-TIP-IDNR TIP (turn in a poacher) hotline and their investigation led them to Kerkhoff.
According to the DNR, it is unlawful to sell or possess protected species such as Badgers, Bobcats, or River Otters without the proper permit from Indiana or another state. Kerkhoff sold a taxidermy mount Badger 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.