MINNEAPOLIS - An avid hunter faces a lifetime ban on possessing firearms for his role in the killing of two wolves in northeastern Minnesota and an attempt to cover it up.
Vern Hoff must spend a month in a halfway house under the sentence handed down Thursday. But the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the gun ban from the felony conviction will require an even bigger change in the 55-year-old Finland man's lifestyle.
The forest services company owner was convicted last November of a felony count of lying to a federal officer and a misdemeanor for violating the Endangered Species Act. Prosecutors say one of his employees deliberately ran down two wolves in February 2010, and Hoff told him to bury the carcasses before a Forest Service employee arrived at the jobsite.
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