Two Poachers Caught Hunting Illegally
Contact: Ken Mehne, 219-395-1658
Two local men were apprehended hunting illegally in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore stemming from two separate incidents.
On Friday November 15th, National Park Service rangers located a Buchanan, Michigan 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. The man was found to be in possession of a compound bow, arrows, hunting knife, gallon jug of molasses and corn cobs. The man was charged with hunting in the park, feeding wildlife and possession of a weapon in the park. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources was also contacted as the individual did not possess a valid hunting license for the state of Indiana.
Hunting within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is prohibited under federal law. 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 are subject to a maximum fine of up $5000 and up to six months in jail for each offense.
Did You Know?
Without fire, there could be no prairie at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Non-prairie plant species would crowd out native prairie grasses. These rare grasslands are maintained through periodic controlled burns.