By John Tunison
Some Northern Michigan ice fisherman took the easy path to finishing the season. Instead of dismantling their Leelanau County ice shanty, they simply poured gas on it and set it ablaze.
It was the wrong choice, conservation officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said.
The episode involving the ice shanty is among the latest reports filed by conservation officers for District 4, including the counties of Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Manistee, Wexford, Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau.
The reports cover the period from March 4 through March 17.
Look for more of these reports at MLive in the future.
Here's the rundown:
•CO Rebecca Hopkins investigated a complaint of an ice shanty that had been set on fire in Leelanau County. The shanty owners stated they poured gas on the shanty and set it on fire because they did not feel like dragging it off the ice as required by the March 15th deadline. A ticket was issued for illegal disposal of solid waste.
•CO Angela Greenway responded to a Report-All-Poaching (RAP) complaint of a subject who allegedly used his vehicle to intentionally run over several wild turkeys in the roadway and then take several of the birds. A lengthy investigation revealed the location of possible suspects. When CO Greenway contacted the suspects at their
residence, she observed a garbage bag on the porch overflowing with wild turkey
feathers, tails and parts. CO Greenway obtained a full confession from the subjects and arrest warrants will be sought through the prosecutor’s office. More....