Two Minnesotans charged in illegal trapping case that DNR calls 'biggest we've seen' in region

March 15, 2017
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“It’s the biggest illegal trapping case, with the largest number of traps, that I have ever been a part of,” Lt. Brent Speldrich, a district enforcement supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the Duluth area, said Wednesday. “It’s the biggest we’ve seen in this region.”

The investigation into the case against Roderick R. Kottom, 68, and Douglas A. Marana, 70, spanned more than two years leading up to this week’s charges.

In January of this year, investigators seized 638 illegal snares on trap lines allegedly set by Kottom and Marana. The lines were found in a large area of St. Louis County and also in the counties of Itasca, Koochiching and Lake.