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MD: NRP charges Kent hunter with poaching violations

January 6, 2017


ANNAPOLIS Natural Resources Police on Dec. 19 charged Joseph Michael Switalski, 34, with 21 alleged poaching violations in two counties that could result in fines totaling more than $31,000 if he is found guilty of all charges.

Switalski was charged with multiple counts of failing to report and record the harvesting of three deer: a six-point buck and a doe in Kent County and an eight-point buck in Cecil County.

He also was charged with hunting on private land without written permission; failing to obtain a Bonus Antlered Stamp; exceeding the bag limit for antlered deer during bow season; butchering deer before check-in; and failing to harvest two antlerless deer before harvesting an additional antlered deer in Region B.

If he pleads guilty to all charges, Switalski faces a maximum penalty of $7,000. If he decides to go to trial and contest the charges, and is convicted of all charges, the maximum amount of fines would be $31,500, according to a news release.

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