MN: Minnesota hunter charged with shooting protected swan
November 7, 2013
BAUDETTE, Minn. - A northern Minnesota hunter faces fines and
restitution for shooting a protected swan on Lake of the Woods.
Authorities say 26-year-old Steven L. Theis of Baudette was charged
with shooting a nongame migratory bird, a misdemeanor.
Minnesota DNR conservation officer received a tip that a Tundra swan
had been shot by two individuals duck hunting in a boat on Four Mile
Bay of Lake of the Woods.
Capt. Jim Dunn was waiting for the
hunters when they came to shore and immediately told them there had
been a complaint about a swan being shot. Theis admitted to
shooting the swan and later throwing it into the weeds when he
learned it was a federally protected species.
really no excuse for shooting one," Dunn said, "because Minnesota
hunters won't encounter any other waterfowl as large as a trumpeter
or tundra swan, two of the largest waterfowl in the world."
The DNR asks anyone witnessing a fish or wildlife violation to
contact the 24-hour, toll-free Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at
800-652-9093. Cell phone users can dial #TIP.
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