TN: man convicted of trapping violations
Unicoi County man convicted of trapping violations including trying to
trap black bear
February 23, 2011
ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Unicoi County man has been convicted of multiple
trapping violations including trying to trap a black bear.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced on Tuesday that
59-year-old William Ayers pleaded guilty to four different trapping
violations in Unicoi County Sessions Court this month.
Charges included use of steel traps on top of the ground and failure to
inspect traps within 36 hours.
According to the Johnson City Press, Judge David Shults ordered Ayers to
pay $1,490 and revoked Ayers' trapping privileges for one year. Several
traps were confiscated as contraband.
Wildlife Officers began documenting last year an illegal mobile bear trap
baited with a candy and cookie-filled bucket. On multiple occasions the
officers saw Ayers visit the trap.
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