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Outdoors: DNR night flights combat illegal shining, poaching

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is using its team of conservation officer pilots to identify shiners and other lawbreakers.

"We fly at an altitude that allows us to get a good look at the landscape without being easily detected," said Lt. Thomas Buker, a DNR conservation officer pilot since 2004. "You'd be surprised at how easy it is to spot an offender from the air."

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