DNR investigating case of run-down ducks

Duck kill area

A pair of snowmobilers have made waves in Huron County.

The DNR is asking for the public’s help in identifying two snowmobilers accused of killing ducks on the Saginaw River.

Officials say the pair were photographed February 8, making repeated passes to drive over ducks on a patch of open water.

The open water is the result of a warm water discharge pipe that runs to the river from the nearby Michigan Sugar Company.

The incident occurred a half mile south of the Lafayette Street Bridge on the east side of Middleground island. (See map above)

Sgt. Tony Soave is with the DNR’s Law enforcement division.

He said, “Every year there is probably a couple handfuls of snowmobiles that will ride across the open water. In this instance, every year its normally full of ducks, ducks and geese, probably several hundred ducks there. And when these 2 snowmobiles made a run through the open water, across the open water, they killed we can verify at this point nine ducks.”

Soave said he’s using enhanced photos to try and identify registration numbers on the vehicles.

Investigators know the make, model and year of the snowmobiles involved, which Soave said has helped narrow the search.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the DNR.

Soave said a reward has been offered in the case for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

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