New Hartford, Iowa – A New Hartford man is facing charges after the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say he harbored an endangered species at his home.
On Wednesday at around 5:50pm, Iowa DNR Conservation officers, with assistance from the Iowa State Patrol, executed a search warrant at 309 Packwaukee Street in New Hartford after anonymous complaints about the endangered species within the residence.
According to the DNR, the resident was not home at the time of the search warrant. While there, officers seized an endangered Massasauga Rattlesnake and other contraband related to the possession of the snake. Other illegal contraband was turned over to the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.
50-year-old Brian Anderson turned himself in to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. He’s been charged with one count of illegal possession of a protected non-game and one count of illegal possession of an endangered species, both simple misdemeanors.
More changes are possible as well, both federal and from the state.