DNR seeks help finding jet skiers who ran over, killed Canada geese

DNR search for jet skiers

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICH. - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking for the public's help finding two jet ski riders who killed and injured several Canada geese on July 10.

The incident happened on Muskegon County's Mona Lake. Witnesses reported seeing two jet skiers run over a group of geese shortly before 2 p.m. 

According to a news release from the DNR, the riders drove in circles around the flock before plowing through injuring about three geese. A witness sent in a video to the DNR, which showed injured geese swimming away -- later, witnesses found one of the geese that died. 

“The DNR takes any abuse of Michigan’s natural resources seriously,” said Lt. Gerald Thayer, District 7 supervisor for the DNR’s Law Enforcement Division. “It’s important we identify the suspects involved in this incident so justice is served. We appreciate any information citizens can provide that helps us resolve this case.”

This incident is consider a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines up to $500, with additional reimbursement of $500 per waterfowl.

The riders were described as two white individuals, one had longer hair. One of the jet skis was purple, and the other was yellow and white. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Report All Poaching (RAP) program line by calling or texting 800-292-7800. The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Citizens who contact the RAP program can remain anonymous but must provide their names if they with to be eligible for a reward. 

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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