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Anoka County man charged with killing trumpeter swans

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June 18, 2019 11:33 AM

A Lino Lakes man is charged with killing two federally protected trumpeter swans in Anoka County.

According to a criminal complaint, DNR officers were informed of an individual hunting on Rice Lake in Lino Lakes at about 9:26 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2018.

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DNR officers then responded to the northwest shore of the lake. The complaint states the officers saw a trumpeter swan swimming, and following behind it was a man in a kayak, later identified as Connor Benjamin Walsh, 24.

The complaint states Walsh was then seen raising a long gun and firing at the trumpeter swan, which dropped over in the water and was then grabbed by Walsh.

Conservation officers confronted him as he was paddling on the lake, and found two trumpeter swans and a 12-gauge shotgun. Officers also learned Walsh didn't have a hunting license, life jacket, waterfowl stamps required for hunting waterfowl or a current driver's license, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Walsh told officers he thought the swans were snow geese, but admitted to killing them.

He faces seven misdemeanor charges, each carrying a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine between $300 and $1,000. He's scheduled to appear in court on July 17.

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