Canadian and US Investigation Leads to Heavy Fine For Game Violation



From the DNR:

A joint investigation by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Ontario Canada Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry resulted in a heavy fine for a Minnesota man.

Cody E. Christensen, 42, of International Falls, Minnesota, pleaded guilty and was fined $3,000 Dec. 19, 2014 for failing to report acquisition of a game carcass.

Court officials in Canada heard that in 2013, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers received information that Christensen and a Fort Frances Ontario resident had unlawfully hunted a bull moose near Fort Frances.

A joint investigation by the law enforcement agencies revealed that on Oct. 10, 2012, the Fort Frances resident arranged for another individual to export the moose to a taxidermist in International Falls. Neither Christensen nor the taxidermist reported the acquisition of the moose carcass to the ministry as required. The mounted moose head was later seized from Christensen’s residence by Minnesota conservation officers and forfeited to Canadian officials. The Fort Frances resident pleaded guilty to related charges last October and fined $1,700 for unlawfully acquiring and transporting a bull moose.

To report a natural resources violation, call the 24-hour, toll-free Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 800-652-9093. Cell phone users can dial #TIP.

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