DNR Charges Iowa Wrestler Lofthouse

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter


By Richard Pratt

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has filed additional charges against Hawkeye wrestler Ethen Lofthouse for illegal hunting.

In addition to shooting a duck out of season, the DNR alleges Lofthouse failed to register a harvested deer with the organization.

The DNR, along with Iowa City police and animal services, responded to Lofthouse's residence, 36 Jema Court, on Oct. 4 after receiving reports that he had shot a duck in his backyard with a bow and arrow. Lofthouse presented the slain mallard to officials, admitted he shot the bird and said he intended to eat it.

As a result, Iowa City police cited him with discharging his bow in violation of the city's projectile ordinance and for hunting the duck with out property stamps or fees.

The DNR has now cited Lofthouse for illegally hunting the duck, both out of season and without the necessary federal and state migratory bird stamps.

Further questioning of Lofthouse led DNR officials to learn that Lofthouse had shot five deer while participating in Coralville's deer management zone hunt. Hunters who shoot a deer during a hunting season or management zone hunt must register the harvest with the DNR the day it is tagged, according to officials.

Lofthouse, a senior from Avon, Utah who wrestles at 184 pounds, is a two-time All-American. During the 2012-13 season, he posted a 22-9 record, placed third at the Big Ten Championships and wrestled to a fifth place finish at the NCAA championships.

The University of Iowa said Monday they were aware of the situation and were addressing it with Lofthouse.
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