From the only in Minnesota department. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled this week that a man has the right to keep a dead bear that he found on his property after the state Department of Natural Resources confiscated the beast originally. (story here)
In an 11-page decision, the court ruled, that state law only applies in cases where someone shoots, traps or catches a wild animal. Attorneys from the DNR argued the man was guilty of poaching the bear.
Charles Schoenwetter, one of two Minneapolis attorneys who represented the man, said the old rule of ‘Finders Keepers’ applied in this case.