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I'm sure this has happened to many people, but the other day took the sleds out to do some spring skiing and ran into an abandoned ski-doo. It was at the bottom of a pretty size-able hill and was not running. Looked like it had been left there for sometime, Took some extra parts out of our combined tool kits and got the sled up and running. Looks like the owner had put an aftermarket can on it and never actually re-tuned the carb or anything. Fouling plugs like crazy. Moral of the story we got this sled out and took it home. How do I find the owner of the sled? VIN number look up? Registration?

Reasoning for taking it out of there -- (cause I know the trolls will rage) it is not an accessible place in the summer and there is about 2 weeks left in the snow pack for retrieving the sled, looks as though it was left for dead, and of course if you can get it running why wouldn't you ride it out?!?!?! :cheeky4:
 

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You don't list your state, but some states require licensing of snowmobiles. That would make it pretty easy to find the owner.

If you want to find the owner, I would get local law enforcement involved.. LE has a lot of resources to help you.

Good luck! It was nice of you to get it out of the woods before the snow left!
 

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I would do 2 things, go baack to where it was and leave a note (in a zip lock bag) that you got ity out and leave your email or something?
Then call your DNR with the Vin number and registration number and tell them to contact owner!
Once that is done be sure to contact the local Police and let them know so you don't come out the bad guy!
No Good deed is gone un punished!
 

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Cool story! Hope you're able to locate the owner. Keep us posted!
 

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I'm sure this has happened to many people, but the other day took the sleds out to do some spring skiing and ran into an abandoned ski-doo. It was at the bottom of a pretty size-able hill and was not running. Looked like it had been left there for sometime, Took some extra parts out of our combined tool kits and got the sled up and running. Looks like the owner had put an aftermarket can on it and never actually re-tuned the carb or anything. Fouling plugs like crazy. Moral of the story we got this sled out and took it home. How do I find the owner of the sled? VIN number look up? Registration?

Reasoning for taking it out of there -- (cause I know the trolls will rage) it is not an accessible place in the summer and there is about 2 weeks left in the snow pack for retrieving the sled, looks as though it was left for dead, and of course if you can get it running why wouldn't you ride it out?!?!?! :cheeky4:
have you found the owner yet? try to leave a note where you find the sled with your contact info :)
 

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Guessing the OP is no longer on here, although hopefully he found the owner and posts and update. One thing I haven't seen mentioned is that states all have unclaimed property laws, something I mention not because I think he'd get in trouble (though that's possible), but because he could own the sled free and clear if he follows the right steps. In MT the typical process is for the county to take the sled into custody, try to contact the owner, and then auction it if it's not claimed. In circumstances like this, assuming the sled is of negligible value, the county might make you a deal and CYA.

The one thing to NOT do in a situation like this is to hold on to the sled without written approval from LE to do so. The kind of idiot who abandons a sled in the wilderness could also be the kind of idiot who hires a lawyer and claims you stole it. Better to turn it over to the county and be done with it than risk that!
 
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