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Saturday, December 9th, 2023

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Years of surveillance: How Minnesota, Wisconsin officers built a case to protect shovelnose sturgeon on the Mississippi River

A photo of the shovelnose sturgeon confiscated May 27, 2021, from Wisconsin anglers who’d taken overlimits on Pool 9 of the Mississippi River, and whom COs had watched for two years. (Photo courtesy of Minnesota DNR/Wisconsin DNR image)
For two consecutive springs, in 2020 and 2021, often night after night and for grueling 12-hour shifts, conservation officers from the Minnesota DNR and conservation wardens from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tucked themselves into shoreline vegetation and watched men fish on Pool 9 of the Mississippi River. Often, the officers would write lengthy reports the following morning. After some rest, another similar shift might begin that afternoon. Those fishing from a Mississippi float, the officers would learn, were running equally lengthy shifts, fishing and traveling between the river and their homes in far eastern Wisconsin.
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