Q: What happens to fish houses that remain on a lake after the removal deadline?
A: "Minnesota law states that a conservation officer must confiscate a fish house or dark house left on the ice in violation of the removal deadline," said Major Jeff Thielen, DNR division of enforcement. "The officer may remove, burn or destroy the house, and seize the contents of the house and hold them for 60 days. Seized items not claimed by the owner may be retained for use by the DNR or sold.
"In 2004, a total of 95 shelter owners received citations for leaving their fish houses on the ice past the deadline. Many of these owners were allowed to keep their houses if they removed them. If a conservation officer is unable to identify a shelter owner, the officer may sell it to someone else. The new owner would then be responsible for removing the fish house. DNR officers are responsible for removing any unclaimed houses that remain on the lakes."
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