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Two men cited for burning down ice fishing shanty on Copper Bay

MERRILL, WI (WTAQ) - It's hard to remove ice fishing shanties from Wisconsin's frozen lakes -- but one thing you cannot do is burn them down and walk away.

Two men learned that lesson this past weekend, when the DNR cited them for violating burning rules near Merrill on Copper Bay.

Witnesses saw the flames and called authorities on Saturday night. Officials said the suspects' truck got stuck on the ice, so it wasn't hard for rangers to find them.

Monday was the last in a series of deadlines to remove ice fishing shanties in various parts of Wisconsin. They must all be gone by now.

Last month, the DNR said it recognized the problems that anglers had in removing shanties that were stuck to the frozen ice during this brutal winter -- and they urged people to call the agency if they couldn't remove them on time.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)