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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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