MINNESOTA DEPARMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ANNOUNCES REWARD FOR SLAIN TRUMPETERS

Trumpeter Swans by Jess Lee

Four juvenile Trumpeters were shot and their bodies were left on the shore of Brown’s Lake in Beltrami County, northern Minnesota. The shootings are under investigation. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) sent out a press release September 27, offering a reward for information on the shooting, which occurred during the Youth Waterfowl Weekend, September 18-19. The lake is 4 miles southeast of Norris Camp, an historic CCC building and headquarters for Red Lake Wildlife Management Area.

From the press release: “The Trumpeter Swan is a threatened species and shooting one is considered a gross misdemeanor. People who shoot them face fines up to $3,000, possible loss of their shotguns, and loss of their hunting license. Minnesota has a gross overlimit penalty law now in place, and if this penalty applies Conservation Officer Jeff Birchem says that ‘the shooter could lose their waterfowl hunting privileges for three years.’”
Anyone with information about the swan shooting should call the Turn in Poachers (TIP) Hotline at 800-652-9093 or Officer Birchem at 218-783-2521. The person reporting the information may remain anonymous.

Minnesota DNR has an excellent identification section for Trumpeters on its website and with this press release urges hunters to use caution.

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