By Emily Pfund
An Elkhart man was accused shooting a turkey in his backyard and throwing it away. Two others were charged with taking more than their daily limit of squirrels.
Three Indiana men are under investigation by Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in two separate hunting incidents in Elkhart and Kosciusko counties.
An anonymous call to the DNR’s Turn in a Poacher (TIP) line started an Elkhart County investigation into the shooting of a young turkey.
The caller alleged that a 29-year-old Elkhart man shot a young turkey in the yard of his Vista Lane home with a pellet rifle and threw it in his trash can on the evening of Oct. 14, according to a DNR news release.
Officers located the turkey and interviewed the suspect. The investigation is ongoing and charges have not yet been filed.
In another case in Kosciusko County, conservation officers charged Willian Kyi, 20, and Ka Lau, 34, both of Fort Wayne, with illegal taking of game on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 15, at the Tri County Fish and Wildlife Area.
Officers found the two men had taken their daily limit of five squirrels each and hidden the animals in their vehicle before continuing to hunt, according to the news release.
Both men will be summoned to court in Kosciusko County.
The public is encouraged to report poaching by calling the DNR’s Turn in a Poacher line at 1-800-TIP-DNR.