Dozens of dead animals seized from MN trapper

6:21 PM, Aug 5, 2008   |    comments
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A trapper is in trouble for failing to tend to his traps and taking muskrats out of season. Timothy L. Kresel, 47, of Brooklyn Park pleaded guilty to the charges on May 14, 2008 in Aitkin County District Court. Kresel was recently ordered to pay $1,700 in fines and restitution and had his license revoked for three years. Officers seized and confiscated 126 beaver, 12 muskrat, 1 mink, and 1 otter, as well as numerous traps and equipment from Kresel's vehicle and home during the investigation. The animals were later sold to a fur buyer for $2,249. The investigation involved conservation officers from Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hennepin, Itasca, and Kanabec counties, as well as DNR's aviation unit. "It's illegal activity like this that takes the pleasure away from those who abide by the laws and enjoy trapping," said Colonel Mark Johanson, interim Chief Conservation Officer.

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