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MN: Minnesota hunter charged with shooting protected swan

November 7, 2013

From KARE11.com

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.
 
A 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.
 
"There's 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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