Minnesota poacher faces nearly $4,000 in fines and restitution

A Minnesota bear guide faces significant fines and restitution after pleading guilty this week to illegally hunting bear, deer and other animals.

Brandon R. Greeley, 28, a licensed bear guide in Tofte, convinced four clients, including two juveniles, to buy tags for the wrong zone when they weren't drawn for the zone Greeley guides in.

Investigators seized over 150 traps, six black bear hides, multiple deer quarters, fish and other furbearing animals.

"Minnesotans can be proud of these officers whose hard work, long nights, and nonstop investigative efforts have paid off," Colonel Ken Soring, DNR Enforcement Division director, said. "Poachers steal from honest hunters, anglers, and all of us who responsibly enjoy our state's natural riches."

Greeley's illegal activities with clients include reports of not having the proper zone license to hunt bear in a given area, illegally transferring a bear tag, failure to register a bear, and lending a bear license. Multiple other bear violations, committed by other hunters, were also detected during the extensive investigation.

In 2012, he was also accused of shooting two bears without a license and using a client's bear tag. According to the DNR records, the client's tag had been used to register four bears from 2007-2011, but the client had only taken two bears and couldn't account for the registration of the additional bears.

After the latest investigation, Greeley was convicted of several gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor charges, fined nearly $4,000, and his hunting privileges were revoked for three years.

Minnesotans are reminded to be on the lookout for game and fish violations and report them to the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 800-652-9093. Cell phone users can dial #TIP. Informants can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

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