Posted at: 03/08/2013 5:41 PM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An avid hunter faces a lifetime ban on possessing firearms for his role in the killing of two wolves in northeastern Minnesota and an attempt to cover it up.
Vern Hoff must spend a month in a halfway house under the sentence handed down Thursday. But the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/13KiyHQ) reports the gun ban from the felony conviction will require an even bigger change in the 55-year-old Finland man's lifestyle.
The forest services company owner was convicted last November of a felony count of lying to a federal officer and a misdemeanor for violating the Endangered Species Act. Prosecutors say one of his employees deliberately ran down two wolves in February 2010, and Hoff told him to bury the carcasses before a Forest Service employee arrived at the jobsite.
Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)