Four Edgewood men were charged on Feb. 4 with illegally pursuing coyotes with the use of snowmobiles.
Curt Bockensted, 44, Doug Wegmann, 40, Dennis Wegmann, 36, and Joe Rhines, 44, all of Edgewood, were charged using snowmobiles to run over coyotes in Clayton and Delaware counties. Rhines and Doug Wegmann have already paid their fines. Bockensted and Dennis Wegmann will have a court date set in March.
The men are alleged to have spread out and driven their snowmobiles through sloughs and fields to flush coyotes, then they would run them over. The coyotes would be left behind either injured or dead.
"They did it just for the thrill of it," said Jerry Farmer, conservation officer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Clayton County.
The original complaint came from concerned outdoor enthusiasts regarding the legality and ethics of this activity. "We probably would not have made this case if not for concerned sportsmen and sportswomen who reported this activity," said Aron Arthur, conservation officer for the DNR in Bremer and Black Hawk counties.