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A Moorhead man faces possible charges in the drowning death of a buck on Tulaby Lake. Steven William Timm, 55, of Moorhead, is accused by witnesses of using a friend's pontoon to circle the big buck and prevent it from getting to shore. Angry wit...

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The dead buck was pulled from the water and reported to the DNR. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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A Moorhead man faces possible charges in the drowning death of a buck on Tulaby Lake. Steven William Timm, 55, of Moorhead, is accused by witnesses of using a friend's pontoon to circle the big buck and prevent it from getting to shore. Angry witnesses said Timm harassed the deer until it drowned of exhaustion. Timm told the DNR he wasn't trying to hurt the deer, but was trying to turn the deer back to shore. One witness, David Kvidt, told DNR investigator Angela Warren that he noticed the buck swimming in the lake that Sunday morning, Sept. 6, a few hundred yards from shore. A man in a white pontoon (Timm) was fishing near his dock. The man in the pontoon headed towards the deer, and drove his pontoon between the deer and the shore, Kvidt said. The frightened deer started swimming further out into the lake. The pontoon, at one point, circled around the deer, preventing it from heading towards the public landing. Kvidt said it looked like the pontoon sped up and was following behind the deer. He said he has never seen a deer swim that fast before. Kvidt got into his pontoon and went out to try to get the pontoon driver to stop, but when he got out there, the deer was floating belly up. He asked Timm why he was between the deer and the shore. Timm told him he was trying to see what it was, adding "what do you think I am, a deer killer?" Kvidt said they were both angry, and to avoid any trouble he went back to his residence.
For his part, Timm told the DNR investigator he had been fishing in a pontoon belonging to his friend, Linda Miller. Timm said he noticed something swimming and drove the pontoon out to see what it was. When he got near the deer it began swimming further out in the lake. He said he drove between the deer and shore while trying to get around the front of it to turn it back to shore using his pontoon. He said he stayed 50 yards away from the deer and wasn't trying to hurt it. He confirmed that another boater confronted him about the deer and was angry. Another witness, Ken Bauman, who also lives on the lake, said the pontoon driver appeared to harass the deer to its death. His wife, child and grandkids were also present and witnessed the incident. Baumann told the DNR investigator that he saw something swimming quite a ways out in the lake, and he wasn't sure what it was until he looked at it through binoculars. The deer was swimming towards shore, and appeared to be swimming fine. The deer, as it got closer to a pontoon, turned and swam towards the public access. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2053064","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"325","title":"","width":"750"}}]] The man in the pontoon then started his pontoon and drove alongside the deer. He drove between the deer and shore, then drove in front of the deer, which caused it to swim out into the lake. Shortly after that, the deer drowned. The interaction between the pontoon and deer lasted approximately 5 minutes, maybe longer, he said. The Minnesota DNR has wrapped up its investigation into the incident, which occurred on the Mahnomen County side of Tulaby Lake. Timm faces a possible misdemeanor charge of using a motor vehicle to intentionally drive or chase a wild animal. The Mahnomen County Attorney's Office has assigned the case to an attorney, who will look over the evidence and is expected to make a charging decision this week. Tweets by @DLNewspapersA Moorhead man faces possible charges in the drowning death of a buck on Tulaby Lake. Steven William Timm, 55, of Moorhead, is accused by witnesses of using a friend's pontoon to circle the big buck and prevent it from getting to shore. Angry witnesses said Timm harassed the deer until it drowned of exhaustion. Timm told the DNR he wasn't trying to hurt the deer, but was trying to turn the deer back to shore. One witness, David Kvidt, told DNR investigator Angela Warren that he noticed the buck swimming in the lake that Sunday morning, Sept. 6, a few hundred yards from shore. A man in a white pontoon (Timm) was fishing near his dock. The man in the pontoon headed towards the deer, and drove his pontoon between the deer and the shore, Kvidt said. The frightened deer started swimming further out into the lake. The pontoon, at one point, circled around the deer, preventing it from heading towards the public landing. Kvidt said it looked like the pontoon sped up and was following behind the deer. He said he has never seen a deer swim that fast before. Kvidt got into his pontoon and went out to try to get the pontoon driver to stop, but when he got out there, the deer was floating belly up. He asked Timm why he was between the deer and the shore. Timm told him he was trying to see what it was, adding "what do you think I am, a deer killer?" Kvidt said they were both angry, and to avoid any trouble he went back to his residence. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2053063","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"325","title":"","width":"750"}}]] For his part, Timm told the DNR investigator he had been fishing in a pontoon belonging to his friend, Linda Miller. Timm said he noticed something swimming and drove the pontoon out to see what it was. When he got near the deer it began swimming further out in the lake. He said he drove between the deer and shore while trying to get around the front of it to turn it back to shore using his pontoon. He said he stayed 50 yards away from the deer and wasn't trying to hurt it. He confirmed that another boater confronted him about the deer and was angry. Another witness, Ken Bauman, who also lives on the lake, said the pontoon driver appeared to harass the deer to its death. His wife, child and grandkids were also present and witnessed the incident. Baumann told the DNR investigator that he saw something swimming quite a ways out in the lake, and he wasn't sure what it was until he looked at it through binoculars. The deer was swimming towards shore, and appeared to be swimming fine. The deer, as it got closer to a pontoon, turned and swam towards the public access.
The man in the pontoon then started his pontoon and drove alongside the deer. He drove between the deer and shore, then drove in front of the deer, which caused it to swim out into the lake. Shortly after that, the deer drowned. The interaction between the pontoon and deer lasted approximately 5 minutes, maybe longer, he said. The Minnesota DNR has wrapped up its investigation into the incident, which occurred on the Mahnomen County side of Tulaby Lake. Timm faces a possible misdemeanor charge of using a motor vehicle to intentionally drive or chase a wild animal. The Mahnomen County Attorney's Office has assigned the case to an attorney, who will look over the evidence and is expected to make a charging decision this week. Tweets by @DLNewspapersA Moorhead man faces possible charges in the drowning death of a buck on Tulaby Lake.Steven William Timm, 55, of Moorhead, is accused by witnesses of using a friend's pontoon to circle the big buck and prevent it from getting to shore.Angry witnesses said Timm harassed the deer until it drowned of exhaustion.Timm told the DNR he wasn't trying to hurt the deer, but was trying to turn the deer back to shore.One witness, David Kvidt, told DNR investigator Angela Warren that he noticed the buck swimming in the lake that Sunday morning, Sept. 6, a few hundred yards from shore.A man in a white pontoon (Timm) was fishing near his dock. The man in the pontoon headed towards the deer, and drove his pontoon between the deer and the shore, Kvidt said.The frightened deer started swimming further out into the lake.The pontoon, at one point, circled around the deer, preventing it from heading towards the public landing.Kvidt said it looked like the pontoon sped up and was following behind the deer. He said he has never seen a deer swim that fast before.Kvidt got into his pontoon and went out to try to get the pontoon driver to stop, but when he got out there, the deer was floating belly up.He asked Timm why he was between the deer and the shore.Timm told him he was trying to see what it was, adding "what do you think I am, a deer killer?"Kvidt said they were both angry, and to avoid any trouble he went back to his residence.
For his part, Timm told the DNR investigator he had been fishing in a pontoon belonging to his friend, Linda Miller.Timm said he noticed something swimming and drove the pontoon out to see what it was.When he got near the deer it began swimming further out in the lake.He said he drove between the deer and shore while trying to get around the front of it to turn it back to shore using his pontoon.He said he stayed 50 yards away from the deer and wasn't trying to hurt it.He confirmed that another boater confronted him about the deer and was angry.Another witness, Ken Bauman, who also lives on the lake, said the pontoon driver appeared to harass the deer to its death.His wife, child and grandkids were also present and witnessed the incident.Baumann told the DNR investigator that he saw something swimming quite a ways out in the lake, and he wasn't sure what it was until he looked at it through binoculars.The deer was swimming towards shore, and appeared to be swimming fine.The deer, as it got closer to a pontoon, turned and swam towards the public access.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2053064","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"325","title":"","width":"750"}}]]The man in the pontoon then started his pontoon and drove alongside the deer.He drove between the deer and shore, then drove in front of the deer, which caused it to swim out into the lake.Shortly after that, the deer drowned.The interaction between the pontoon and deer lasted approximately 5 minutes, maybe longer, he said.The Minnesota DNR has wrapped up its investigation into the incident, which occurred on the Mahnomen County side of Tulaby Lake.Timm faces a possible misdemeanor charge of using a motor vehicle to intentionally drive or chase a wild animal.The Mahnomen County Attorney's Office has assigned the case to an attorney, who will look over the evidence and is expected to make a charging decision this week.Tweets by @DLNewspapersA Moorhead man faces possible charges in the drowning death of a buck on Tulaby Lake.Steven William Timm, 55, of Moorhead, is accused by witnesses of using a friend's pontoon to circle the big buck and prevent it from getting to shore.Angry witnesses said Timm harassed the deer until it drowned of exhaustion.Timm told the DNR he wasn't trying to hurt the deer, but was trying to turn the deer back to shore.One witness, David Kvidt, told DNR investigator Angela Warren that he noticed the buck swimming in the lake that Sunday morning, Sept. 6, a few hundred yards from shore.A man in a white pontoon (Timm) was fishing near his dock. The man in the pontoon headed towards the deer, and drove his pontoon between the deer and the shore, Kvidt said.The frightened deer started swimming further out into the lake.The pontoon, at one point, circled around the deer, preventing it from heading towards the public landing.Kvidt said it looked like the pontoon sped up and was following behind the deer. He said he has never seen a deer swim that fast before.Kvidt got into his pontoon and went out to try to get the pontoon driver to stop, but when he got out there, the deer was floating belly up.He asked Timm why he was between the deer and the shore.Timm told him he was trying to see what it was, adding "what do you think I am, a deer killer?"Kvidt said they were both angry, and to avoid any trouble he went back to his residence.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2053063","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"325","title":"","width":"750"}}]]For his part, Timm told the DNR investigator he had been fishing in a pontoon belonging to his friend, Linda Miller.Timm said he noticed something swimming and drove the pontoon out to see what it was.When he got near the deer it began swimming further out in the lake.He said he drove between the deer and shore while trying to get around the front of it to turn it back to shore using his pontoon.He said he stayed 50 yards away from the deer and wasn't trying to hurt it.He confirmed that another boater confronted him about the deer and was angry.Another witness, Ken Bauman, who also lives on the lake, said the pontoon driver appeared to harass the deer to its death.His wife, child and grandkids were also present and witnessed the incident.Baumann told the DNR investigator that he saw something swimming quite a ways out in the lake, and he wasn't sure what it was until he looked at it through binoculars.The deer was swimming towards shore, and appeared to be swimming fine.The deer, as it got closer to a pontoon, turned and swam towards the public access.
The man in the pontoon then started his pontoon and drove alongside the deer.He drove between the deer and shore, then drove in front of the deer, which caused it to swim out into the lake.Shortly after that, the deer drowned.The interaction between the pontoon and deer lasted approximately 5 minutes, maybe longer, he said.The Minnesota DNR has wrapped up its investigation into the incident, which occurred on the Mahnomen County side of Tulaby Lake.Timm faces a possible misdemeanor charge of using a motor vehicle to intentionally drive or chase a wild animal.The Mahnomen County Attorney's Office has assigned the case to an attorney, who will look over the evidence and is expected to make a charging decision this week.Tweets by @DLNewspapers

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