“The responsible party has been identified and will be referred to the district attorney for charges once the investigation has been completed,” said Regional Warden Byron Goetsch.
The suspect could face civil and criminal charges. Also, the court could assess statutory wildlife restitution surcharges of $175 per turkey.
DNR officials said they believe the public, pets and the environment are not at further risk of exposure to the poisoned bait that was used. The substance is being confirmed by lab tests.
“Once the substance is confirmed, we will make further evaluation and take appropriate steps,” Goetsch said.
Preliminary indications are that numerous other surviving turkeys in the area were not exposed. The DNR has taken steps to protect the birds against further exposure. Aerial surveillance did not find other affected wildlife.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the 24-hour DNR hotline at (800) 847-9367.