Two men indicted for allegedly burying gray wolves in Superior National Forest and lying about it

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Two men indicted for allegedly burying gray wolves in Superior National Forest and lying about it

July 18, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Two men have been indicted after they allegedly killed two wolves and buried them in the Superior National Forest, and then lied to federal investigators about the incident.

54 year old Vernon Lee Hoff and 31 year old Kyler James Jensen, both of Finland, Minnesota, were charged with one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act, one misdemeanor count of violation of the Endangered Species Act, and one felony count of making false statements to a federal officer.

Also, Jensen was charged with a second violation of the Endangered Species Act.

On February 17, 2010, Jensen allegedly killed the wolves with his vehicle on purpose, and conspired with Hoff over the phone to transport the carcasses to the Superior National Forest to be buried.

After the call, Jensen supposedly loaded the two gray wolves into his vehicle, traveled to the Forest, and buried the wolves with a bulldozer.

The gray wolf is currently listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and was removed from the list in Minnesota in January of this year.

The indictment also alleges that Hoff lied to the United States Fish & Wildlife Service officials when asked whether he spoke to Jensen about transporting and burying the wolf carcasses in the Forest.

If convicted, the men face a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison for making a false statement to a federal official and one year on each of the remaining charges.

All sentences will be decided by a federal district judge.

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