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Forum News Service, Published November 04 2013

Man accused of illegal bear, deer possession

BAUDETTE, Minn. - A Baudette man has been charged with 16 offenses in an investigation into illegal possession of bear and deer, the state Department of Natural Resources said today.

Keith R. Slick, 32, has been scheduled to appear in Lake of the Woods County Court in December.

The investigation began during Minnesota’s fall bear hunting season, when DNR Conservation Officer Robert Gorecki, Baudette, discovered an active bear bait station allegedly belonging to Slick, who allegedly claimed to be a bear guide, according to the DNR.

“There were no possession or registration tags found with any of the bears,” Gorecki said in the department’s report. “The bears did not have any cuts in their ears that would indicate that a site tag was attached at any time in the past.”

Authorities, who confiscated numerous bear capes and skulls as well as deer antler sets from Slick’s home, said he had not registered an adult male deer or bear in the past 10 years. DNR records go back 10 years.

A cell phone seized in the investigation contained pictures of Slick with a dead bear, as well as text messages in which Slick allegedly told people that had shot seven bears in his life.