Accused Poachers Used More Than 600 Illegal Snares

Two men in Minnesota face a number of charges stemming from an extensive Department of Natural Resources investigation that is said to be the largest poaching/trapping case ever in the state.

Minnesota DNR logo (Facebook screenshot)

Minnesota DNR officers accused Douglas Anthony Marana, 70, and Roderick Robert Kottom, 68, both of Chisholm, Minn., of setting 638 illegal snares and poaching a variety of animals, according to the Duluth News Tribune. (Read more here)

The newspaper said the men were charged Monday in State District Court in Duluth with four counts of illegal trapping activities, along with a number of misdemeanors, including illegal possession of several animals, such as pine marten, otter, fisher or wolverine, according to the newspaper report. Other charges included failure to check snares daily and using snares too large.

Chisholm is located in northern Minnesota to the northwest of Duluth and Lake Superior.

Officers also seized 17 foxes, 5 snowshoe hares, 2 fishers, and 1 deer, presumably taken illegally by the suspected poachers.

The charges came after a long investigation by conservation officers, which started in 2014 when the DNR was called to a report of a wolf caught in a snare. That led to the discovery of other snares nearby, then eventually to all of them.

"That [638 snares] is such a number that it's unheard of," DNR spokesman Tom Provost said. "This number of sets has not been surpassed in Minnesota before. Our average for fail-to-attend traps or snares would be one to 10. Ten would be a big number in any other case."

The men face a maximum of 1 year in prison and fines up to $3,000.

Recommended for You


MidwayUSA Pro Series Shooting Mat

G&F Staff

Shooters across the U.S. are using this competition shooting mat.


Upon Further Review: 70-Year-Old Catfish Record Voided

G&F Online Staff - May 22, 2019

Experts agree record channel cat caught in 1949 was actually a blue catfish.


How to Fish Bottom Bouncers for Walleye

Mark Sak - May 23, 2019

While misunderstood by some, fishing bottom bouncers can be a very productive technique for...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Lure Lock Tackle Cases: No-Spill, No-Scent

Glenn Walker talks us through the soy-based technology that makes Lure Logic cases spill-proof and scent-proof. With Game & Fish Editorial Director Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2019 in Orlando.

MLF Pro Tips: Go-To Baits for the Spawn

Major League Fishing pros talk about the first lure they choose when targeting spawning bass.

13 Fishing Omen Black Baitcasting Rod

Multiple time FLW Costa winner Jessi Mizell is no stranger to catching big Florida bass on a popping frog. As he tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead, with the new 13 Fishing Omen Black baitcasting rod, the job just got easier.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Other Freshwater

6 Tips for Nighttime Crappie

Keith Sutton - June 19, 2017

Fishing for nighttime crappie gets you out of the summer heat and puts more fish in the...


Find and Fish Bluegill Beds Efficiently

Terry Madewell - May 22, 2019

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies.


Record-Sized Walleye Was Foul-Hooked, Agency Says

G&F Online Staff

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record.

See More Stories

More Conservation & Politics

Conservation & Politics

Waterfowl Conservation at a Crossroads

M.D. Johnson

Government laws brought waterfowling from the brink of disaster to our current Golden Age. But...

Conservation & Politics

Game Warden Stories: Funny Money, Poacher Fined, Roadway Hunting

G&F Online Staff

Here's a look at recent cases conservation officers faced in the field.

Conservation & Politics

'It's Go Time': A Warden's First Night-Poaching Bust (Part 2)

July 31, 2018

Behind the Badge is a regular series of perspective stories by Oklahoma game warden Carlos...

See More Conservation & Politics

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.