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IL: Man held in hunting violation case faces additional charges

Man held in hunting violation case faces additional charges

26 September, 2009

A suburban Chicago man who pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal hunting violation faces further charges in Adams County for allegedly threatening a witness in the case.

Michael Pavlick, 54, of Orland Park, owner of deer-hunting outfitter Golden Triangle Whitetails, pleaded guilty to violating the Lacey Act, a federal law protecting wildlife from commercial exploitation.

Golden Triangle Whitetails has land in Adams, Brown and Pike counties.

Pavlick is accused of shooting a weapon on the property possessed by the witness, but he is not accused of shooting directly at the witness.

He was arrested in July and charged with harassing a witness, reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Pavlick's next court appearance is scheduled in Quincy Nov. 4. He has had several hearings continued due to the ongoing federal case.

Pavlick is free after posting 10 percent of a $100,000 bond.

For violating the Lacey Act, Pavlick was fined $15,000. The case involved a New Jersey man illegally shooting a deer, authorities said.

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