DNR night flights combat illegal shining and poaching November 9, 2011 Minnesota

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DNR night flights combat illegal shining and poaching November 9, 2011 Minnesota, Jordan Independent

... The poachers “freeze” the deer in the bright light and shoot them [deer eyes are optimized for low light and are blinded by bright light]. ... Using GPS and night vision, DNR pilots provide concise information to conservation officers in trucks. ... “During the course of a few hours, we can effectively observe several hundred square miles,” [Thomas] Buker said {DNR pilot]. ... Penalties for poaching and shining can include fines of several thousand dollars, loss of vehicles, and/or equipment involved in the crime and the loss of hunting privileges...



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