Cooler key in Muskegon Co. possible poaching case

Muskegon County
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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) —  Conservation officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are turning to the community in hopes of cracking a potential poaching case.

Officers found a green Coleman cooler Monday near the corner of River and Holton-Duck Lake roads in Cedar Creek Township, about 17 miles northeast of Muskegon. Inside, they discovered 53 filleted walleye carcasses — well above the individual legal limit of five 15-inch walleye a day. 

The DNR says the fish appear to have been caught between April 4 and April 5.

Anyone who recognizes the cooler or knows someone who has recently turned up with a large amount of walleye is encouraged to call the DNR’s poaching line at 1.800.292.7800. The DNR says tipsters may qualify for a reward if their information leads to the arrest or conviction of a poacher.

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