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      Cougar killing: self defense or food

      A man who pleaded guilty to killing a cougar in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says he was defending his father, but state wildlife officials allege the animal was poached, its heart cooked, and some of it eaten by the men. Troy Richard says the cougar approached his father in December as Theodore Richard walked to his blind to get a rifle at his Schoolcraft County hunting camp. The younger Richard says he yelled but shot the cougar when it didn't flee. The Bay City resident says he killed the wounded animal the next day and took its hide and skull. Investigators said Friday the Richards ate part of the heart, but Troy Richard counters they didn't because it smelled "rancid." Troy Richard began his 30-day jail sentence Friday. Theodore Richard was sentenced to fines and community service.