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DNR asks for help finding snowmobilers who killed several ducks

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(02/10/14) - Their careless actions have angered the Bay City community.

That's not to mention the Department of Natural Resources - who is actively looking for them.

In this bitter-cold winter,  one spot of open water along the Saginaw River brings some relief for all the ducks, geese and other waterfowl.

On the weekends, there's often just as many snowmobilers as birds along Middlegrounds Island in Bay County.

"There's a lot of sleds out here. Tons. Hundreds," said snowmobiler Mike Stevenson.

Others come here to take pictures and feed the ducks. So on Saturday, there were a lot of people watching when two snowmobilers killed several ducks.

"I like crossing open water, but I wouldn't do it with the ducks there," Stevenson said.

That's disheartening to people like Stevenson, who enjoy the outdoors - and play by the rules.

What they did was also illegal.

"When somebody does something like this, you go out and you see those dead ducks on the ice, it just, just gets to you," said Sgt. Tony Soave, of the Michigan DNR.

Soave says the two snowmobilers - believed to be men - killed at least nine ducks.

Thanks to a quick thinking bystander, the DNR has pictures of the sleds.

"They're pretty identifiable. So is the clothing," Soave said.

They're also working to enhance the pictures so they can read the registration numbers.

If caught, the men could face jail time, fines and restitution for each bird. They could also lose their sleds and any hunting licenses.

"I hope they do get caught and they get fined heavy," Stevenson said.

"One of the snowmobilers actually turned around, when one of the witnesses was yelling at him, and yelled profanities at her. So that's, that's who we're dealing with," Soave said.

If you recognize those snowmobilers, you can call the Bay City DNR office at 989-684-9141 or you can call the 'Report All Poaching' hotline at 1-800-292-7800.

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