Finland men indicted for wolf poachingTwo Finland men were indicted Monday on federal charges for allegedly killing two gray wolves, burying them in the Superior National Forest, and lying to federal investigators about the incident.
By: Forum Communications, Lake County News Chronicle
Two Finland men were indicted Monday on federal charges for allegedly killing two gray wolves, burying them in the Superior National Forest, and lying to federal investigators about the incident.
Vernon Lee Hoff, 54, and Kyler James Jensen, 31, are each charged with one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act, one misdemeanor count of violation of the Endangered Species Act, and one felony count of making false statements to a federal officer. Jensen is also charged with a second violation of the Endangered Species Act.
If convicted, both men face maximum penalties of five years in prison for making a false statement to a federal official and one year on each of the remaining charges.
According to court documents:
On Feb. 17, 2010, after Jensen purposely killed the wolves with his vehicle, he and Hoff conspired over the phone to transport the carcasses to the Superior National Forest for burial. After the call, Jensen loaded the two gray wolves into his vehicle, traveled to the Superior National Forest, and buried them with the use of a bulldozer.
At the time, the gray wolf was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
The indictment also alleges that Hoff lied to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials when asked whether he talked to Jensen about transporting the wolf carcasses and that Jensen also lied to Fish and Wildlife Service officials, denying he had buried the carcasses in the Superior National Forest.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.