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MT: Men cited in shooting death of trumpeter swan

April 9, 2013

From KPAX.com

PABLO - Two men have been cited in connection with the February shooting death of a trumpeter swan shooting with a high power rifle.
 
Leroy Charles was cited with three counts - negligent discharging of a firearm, taking a species closed to hunting, and hunting by a non- tribal member outside of season and bag limits.  He admitted all charges and was fined $500 for each count, plus an additional $1,500 fine was imposed for restitution for the Trumpeter Swan.  His bird hunting, fishing and recreational privileges on tribal lands were suspended for five years.
 
Timothy Brantner did not appear in tribal Court and was given a default judgment. He was cited for recreating on tribal land without a valid permit and negligent discharge of a firearm. He was fined $100 on the first charge, and $500 on the second charge.
 
Branstiner's privileges to bird hunt, fish and recreate on tribal lands were also suspended for one year.

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