April 9, 2009
A mother-son team that ran a wild game hunting
business may face time in the pen themselves if convicted of the 54
criminal counts against them.
Jannet J. Turner, 74, and her son, Scott J. Turner, 45, pleaded
not guilty Wednesday to charges of violating deer and elk import
bans, cruelty to 10 or more animals including starvation,
misrepresenting animals' health, food law violations, permitting
animals to run, exposing swine to garbage and not taking action on
dead animal bodies.
The business, Michigan Trophy Hunts, 9008 Meridian (M-30) in
Marion Township, is in Jannet Turner's name although her son
operates it, court records show.
The hunting ranch is closed and under quarantine.
State Department of Natural Resources and Department of
Agriculture officials plus conservation officers began investigating
a year ago after passers-by reported seeing wild boars feasting on
dead animals inside the compound, said Detective Lt. Wade Hamilton
with the DNR's Special Investigation Unit in Traverse City.