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4 charged with chasing down coyotes in snowmobiles

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Four Edgewood men have been arrested after conservation officials say they drove snowmobiles over coyotes in Clayton and Delaware counties.

The Department of Natural Resources says the four men spread out and flushed the coyotes from fields and sloughs, then ran them over, leaving the coyotes behind injured or dead.

The DNR says Dennis Wegmann and Joe Rhines have paid fines in connection with the charges of illegally pursuing coyotes with snowmobiles. The DNR says Curt Bockensted and Doug Wegmann will have a court date set in March.

Clayton County conservation officer Jerry Farmer says the men did it "just for the thrill."

DNR officials say sportsmen initially reported the activity because of legal and ethical concerns.

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