Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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DNR sends reminder to dog owners

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds dog
owners that it is illegal to allow their pets to harass deer and
other big game.

Every winter, conservation officers receive reports from
throughout the state of dogs chasing and sometimes killing deer or
other big game. Wildlife regulations hold dog owners accountable
for dogs chasing big game and conservation officers are authorized
to put down dogs that do so. Dog owners would also be subject to a
civil penalty.

Capt. Ken Soring, acting DNR enforcement chief, advises dog
owners to be aware of the possibility that their dogs may be
chasing big game and to take steps to prevent them from doing
so.

“Deer are particularly vulnerable at this time of year because
they are expending every bit of energy to stay alive, and the
additional stress of being chased can affect their winter
survival,” Soring said.

The Minnesota Game and Fish Laws handbook reads that a person
who observes a dog wounding, killing, or pursuing in a manner that
endangers big game may kill the dog without liability:

  • At any time, if the person is a peace officer or
    conservationofficer; or
  • Between Jan. 1 and July 14, if the person is not a peace
    officer or conservation officer and the discharge of firearms is
    allowed.

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