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Over twenty charged in Minnesota walleye poaching ring

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A bust of a walleye poaching ring in northern Minnesota resulted in 21 people being charged for fish poaching, news sources report.

The Pioneer Press reports that the bust was a result of a three year investigation called Operation Squarehook. Minnesota wildlife officials worked with national officials, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in the investigation.

According to the Pioneer Press, the charges, which were announced on Monday, include illegal purchase and sale of game fish. The fish, which were mostly walleye, were taken from Cass, Leech, Red, and Winnibigoshish lakes on the Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations.

The Star Tribune reports that this case is the largest fish poaching case in Minnesota since 1993. Despite the bust, DNR enforcement chief Jim Konrad said he thinks "there is a lot more of this activity going on out there."

According to the Star Tribune, the people facing charges are not members of either tribe working on the investigation. They face state fines amounting to thousands of dollars.

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