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Two charged with illegal hunting in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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Two hunters, in separate incidents, have been charged with illegal hunting in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the National Park Service said today.

On Nov. 15, NPS ranger located a Buchanan, Mich., man hunting in a tree stand approximately 75 yards inside the park boundary near Mount Baldy. “Rangers had discovered the illegal tree stand and bait site several weeks prior and had been watching the area for any activity,” NPS said. “The man was found to be in possession of a compound bow, arrows, hunting knife, a gallon jug of molasses, and corn cobs.”

The man was charged with hunting in the park, feeding wildlife, and possession of a weapon on park property. In addition, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources was also contacted as the suspect did not possess a valid hunting license for the State of Indiana, NPS said.

Then, on Nov. 16, a ranger on patrol in the Pinhook Bog area of the park discovered a Valparaiso man standing in an illegal tree stand approximately 150 yards inside the park boundary. “The man was in possession of a compound bow, several arrows, hunting knife, and other assorted hunting gear,” NPS said.

The man was charged with hunting in the park and possession of a weapon on park property.

Hunting within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is prohibited under federal law and anyone caught hunting in the National Lakeshore may be charged with violations up to, and including, felonies. Violators will be subject to the seizure and forfeiture of all equipment, including firearms, vehicles, stock, tack, and other equipment, and may be required to appear before the U.S. Magistrate. Violators will also be subject to a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to six months in jail for each offense.

“Hunters may not pursue, dress out, or transport legally wounded or killed animals that end up within park boundaries unless they are accompanied by a park ranger,” NPS added. “Hunters should call (800) ParkTip to report any such incidents and to request assistance. Legally taken animals may not be stored overnight anywhere in the park, including campgrounds, parking lots, or any other visitor facilities. All park roads are closed to the transportation of lawfully taken wildlife, unless specifically approved in writing by a park ranger. Individuals hunting near the park boundary are reminded to be familiar with the location of the park and to confirm that the area they are hunting in is not inside the boundary.”

NPS welcomes the public’s assistance in helping to protect the park’s wildlife. Illegal or suspicious hunting activity can be reported to the (800) ParkTip line 24 hours a day seven days a week. Reporting parties do not have to identify themselves and all reports are kept confidential.

 

 

Posted 11/26/2013