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Grand jury indicts Kiernan over alleged deer poaching

Minooka man allegedly illegally hunted dozes of animals, including 36-point buck

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 8:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 8:04 a.m. CDT

A Minooka man accused of dozens of charges in a deer poaching case was indicted on eight counts by a Grundy County Circuit Court grand jury on Oct. 3.

According to court records, Christopher G. Kiernan, 46, was indicted on charges stemming from alleged illegal hunting of a protected species between November 2009 and May 2011 while on the property of Material Service Corporation, located at 3450 W. Southmor Road.

According to prior reports, Kiernan was one of three men charged in November 2011, following an 11-month deer poaching investigation including multiple states and Canada. More than 40 charges were initially filed against him, related to allegations that he unlawfully took a total of 24 deer in Illinois and Canada over a 10-year period.

The investigation was conducted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, with assistance from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Alberta Sustainable Resources Department, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The counts include:

• Two counts of killing for profit or commercial purposes a protected species, a Class 3 felony, for unlawfully killing a 36-point white tail deer and an 11-point white tail deer.

• Three counts of possessing for profit or commercial purposes a protected species, a Class 3 felony, for unlawfully possessing a 36-point white tail deer, an 11-point white tail deer, and a 13-point white tail deer.

• Three counts of carrying for profit or commercial purposes a protected species, a Class 3 felony, for unlawfully possessing a 16-point white tail deer, 10-point white tail deer, and 11-point white tail deer.

An officer from the Illinois Conservation Police testified.

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