Q: What does the DNR do with animals that have been poached?
A: "The DNR attempts to ensure that animals taken illegally are not wasted," said Major Al Heidebrink, operations manager at the DNR division of enforcement. "
Meat from illegally harvested wild game such as deer is often donated to food shelves. But sometimes meat must be thrown away or destroyed. This is especially true for fish.
The DNR has an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Health to dispose of meat that is not deemed safe for consumption, such as packaged fish fillets. It's often difficult to determine if the packaging was done properly. In some circumstances, the animal or parts of the animal, such as a deer antler, is turned over to schools for study."
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