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LINN COUNTY — DNR staff discovered the Palisades Kepler State Park lodge was vandalized sometime in the overnight hours of Sunday, December 23, 2019.

When staff discovered the vandalism, they found several windows, doors and the indoor furniture damaged. Parks staff is still evaluating and determining estimates of the damage done.

“We are very saddened to discover this vandalism and this is unacceptable,” said Todd Coffelt, DNR State Parks, Preserves and Forests Bureau Chief. “Our staff...

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ANKENY, Iowa – On December 6, 2019, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources received an anonymous tip about a man shooting trumpeter swans at Paul Errington Marsh, just east of Ankeny.

A hunter alerted authorities of a man shooting trumpeter swans at the marsh. The hunter later heard three shots fired and then saw three swans flopping in the water, as well as other swans flying over.

DNR Conservation Officer Dustin Eighmy arrived on scene a...

Gun Buyers ClubJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s Operation Game Thief (OGT) is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the poacher/s that shot a female adult elk and left it for dead Nov. 18 on National Park Service property near the end of M Highway in Carter County. No meat or other parts of the animal were taken. By the time the dead cow elk was found by conservation agents, the meat was no longer salvageable...

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating the poaching of a female black bear that was killed between Nov. 1 and Nov. 6 north of Woods Canyon Lake in Game Management Unit 4A.

The bear was killed and dumped off of Forest Road 169 east of Forest Road 300. The poacher attempted to hide the animal and left the meat to waste. Physical evidence was recovered from the scene.

“Someone may have information about this...

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MONONA COUNTY, Iowa — DNR Conservation Officer Gary Sisco and DNR Park Ranger Katie Hoeppner responded to a stranded boat with duck hunters on West Blue Lake, a marsh off of Blue Lake in Monona County in the evening hours of November 26.

Three duck hunters were stranded in their boat after they sheared the cotter pin on the prop shaft and were without any propulsion.

The officer and ranger towed the boat and hunters to...

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MUSCATINE COUNTY, Iowa — On November 17, 2019, DNR Conservation Officers received a TIP that a trumpeter swan had been shot at Cedar Bottoms Wildlife Management Area in Muscatine County.

When the conservation officers arrived, all of the suspects had already left the area. Evidence collected at the scene led the conservation officer to a possible suspect.

When officers interviewed the suspects, all three individuals confessed to illegally taking the trumpeter swan and mistaking it for...