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Baiting owls would be illegal

Posted by: Jim Williams under Bird conservation Updated: April 15, 2014 - 5:16 PM

The harassment a handful of photographers visited upon Snowy Owls here this winter has made it into a bill being considered by the legislature. A few photographers working in the the city of Ramsey and in Dakota County lured owls close for photographs by using live or fake mice. This caught the attention of officials at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. An amendment to the omnibus DNR bill before the legislature would make it a petty misdemeanor punishable by a $300 fine to visually lure an owl in the wild.

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