MN: Maplewood mayor pays for hunting lapses
March 10, 2010
Maplewood mayor pays for hunting lapses
Rossbach cited for breaking laws after bagging deer
The weekend after his November election, Maplewood Mayor Will Rossbach
traveled up north for the deer-hunting opener. He ended up bringing home not
only a deer, but also three citations for illegal hunting.
Rossbach was cited for shooting a deer from a motor vehicle, taking it
from a prohibited area and unlawfully transporting the animal. The latter
charge eventually was dismissed. Rossbach said he didn't realize what he did
was illegal at the time.
"I found out I did something wrong," he said. "I was thinking, 'What a
stupid thing to do.' "
According to Cook County District Court records, Rossbach, 54, was cited
near Grand Marais, Minn., after he shot and killed a deer from the roadside
Nov. 8. The location where he fired was within 500 feet of a person's home,
and that person called police to report the incident.
Rossbach said he and a friend were out hunting and pulled their truck
over after spotting a deer. Rossbach said he stood in the middle of the
road, fired one shot at the deer and killed it. The duo then put the deer on
the truck and drove off. Rossbach said he did not realize someone's home was
behind him, though he might have seen it had he been paying more attention.
"It didn't dawn on me there was a building behind me. We were just
driving. There was a deer. Thirty seconds later, I shot it," he said. "I
wasn't looking (in that direction). I wasn't thinking."
Authorities later tracked down Rossbach and his friend and seized the
Rossbach made a court appearance Jan. 6 and pleaded guilty to two
misdemeanors. Rossbach was fined $640, which he subsequently paid.
The Maplewood mayor — he was a city council member at the time of the
citations — also will not be allowed to hunt in Minnesota for three years.
The ban ends a 40-year hunting tradition for Rossbach, but he said he
"It's a good check to pay more attention to what the laws are," Rossbach
said. "The rules are in place for a good, sound reason."
He added that the citations will not affect his job as mayor.
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