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Turkey breaks through window: Tales from this week's DNR reports

Officers received a call reporting a mountain lion sighting near Doran

If you're not familiar with them (or our near-weekly series), the Minnesota DNR issues every week a list of reports from its dozens of conservation officers patrolling the state.

The reports can often be fairly run-of-the-mill – issuing citations for fishing without a license, for example – but quite often they feature something unusual, or downright delightful.

Here's a look at some of the stories that stood out from this week's reports:

Possible mountain lion sightings

In Wheaton, CO Hanna Wood wrote that she received "a report of a mountain lion sighting near Doran." A spokesperson for the DNR said the report has not yet been verified.

There was a possible sighting of another one, this time near Cass Lake, according to CO Mark Mathy.

Turkey breaks through window in New Brighton

A turkey flew through the window of a New Brighton home Sunday, breaking the glass, police said.

A conservation officer assisted with the call, though the turkey had evidently safely exited the house by the time he arrived. CO Ryan Hanna wrote that it appeared the turkey was confused by the window's reflection, thinking there "was just more trees, and ended up crashing into the house." 


This week's reports also had relevant reminders:

Don't assume you can litter anonymously. CO Jordan Anderson in Wadena writes that after a receiving a littering complaint, the DNR identified the suspects from "digging through the numerous bags of household garbage." 

CO Andy Schmidt in Duluth says he's hearing more bear-related complaints. He reminds residents that "bird feeders are not a great idea unless bear visits are desired."

In Grand Rapids, CO Sarah Grell reminds hunters that this year, Permit Area 179 is a lottery area. It is no longer designated as hunter's choice. 

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