By Sam Easter
BAY CITY, MI — DNR law enforcement officials say they have results from the Michigan State Police on photos of snowmobilers in the act of running down ducks on the Saginaw River, but have declined to comment on whether those results might help lead to an arrest.
"I don't want any suspect that we have out there to read into (our results)," said Ron Kimmerly, a sergeant with the DNR's Law Enforcement Division. "We received some information from the State Police, whether it be positive or negative, I'd rather not have that out there."
Kimmerly said that the investigation is continuing, and that after ruling out certain individuals and learning of two more, the number of persons of interest in the case stands at six.
The investigation stems from an incident that occurred at around 4:50 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, roughly a half-mile south of the Lafayette Street Bridge on the east side of Middlegrounds Island. Two snowmobilers were spotted by witnesses passing through a patch of open water killing a number of ducks. The open water is the result of a warm water discharge pipe that runs from Michigan Sugar Co. to the river.
Kimmerly has said upwards of 70 tips regarding the incident have been reported to the DNR.
"This was an eye-opener for me, it really generated a lot of interest," he has said. "There were a lot of concerned people, they're upset that they ran the ducks over."
Anyone with information about the incident can call the DNR's poaching hotline at 1-800-292-7800. There is a reward available for any information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Tips can be given anonymously.