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Charges Yet to Be Laid in Detroit River Muskie Killing Incident

The video of a man killing a muskie sparked outrage in the angling community when it first appeared on YouTube.

Charges have yet to be laid against the man caught on video killing and dumping a muskie on the Canadian side of the Detroit River earlier this month. According to conservation officer Kevin Sprague, from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Southern Marine Enforcement Unit, the investigation is ongoing.

“What I can tell you is that conservation officers have now gathered sufficient information on this muskie incident and officers are going over all the evidence and information gathered and the investigation is ongoing,” Sprague told Outdoor Canada via email. “We thank the public for their assistance with this case and their concern for our natural resources in Ontario.”

A video of the killing caused outrage within the angling community after it was posted on YouTube and social media sites, including Outdoor Canada’s Facebook page. The man at the centre of the controversy has since confessed to the crime and apologized via The Windsor Star newspaper.

The video of a man killing a muskie sparked outrage in the angling community when it first appeared on YouTube.
The video of a man killing a muskie sparked outrage in the angling community when it first appeared on YouTube.

Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh is Outdoor Canada's Editor-in-Chief and Brand Manager. He grew up fishing and hunting in Bracebridge, Ontario, where he began his magazine career in 1983 as assistant editor of Muskoka Life magazine. Since then, he has worked for a variety of media, both in Canada and abroad, earning numerous writing and editing awards. In 2005, 2011 and 2012, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors named him Editor of the Year, while Outdoor Canada was honoured as Magazine of the Year (in the medium circulation category). Walsh has been at the magazine's helm since 2000.

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