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MI - Convicted trapper/poacher sentenced for trapping violation

By JOE BOOMGAARD
Daily News Staff Writer

CUSTER TWP. — A man who got into trouble last March for running a bobcat poaching ring recently found himself in trouble with Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers after he failed to abide by his sentence.

Mark Allen Nash, Sr. 44, of 2655 East State St., Custer, was sentenced Feb. 20 to time served, 45 days in jail, for trapping when he was ineligible for a trapping license, stemming from his prior conviction early last year. He was also ordered to pay $400 in fines and court costs.

CO Brian Brosky said Nash was caught trapping in Neeland’s Marsh in December when he was found with 18 muskrats although his hunting and trapping privileges had been revoked. Brosky said fellow COs Jim Espinoza and Sgt. Kevin Hackworth worked the case after getting tips from irate individuals about Nash’s continued trapping.

“We caught him red-handed in the marsh,” Brosky said. Along with the muskrats, the officers seized a canoe.

Nash was lodged in Mason County Jail for violating the previous court order not to violate hunting and fishing laws.

“We went out after he was arrested, the following week, and went to the area and pulled all of his traps,” Brosky said. “There were 58 traps total that we seized. Some traps had been reset and because he was in jail, he had caught five muskrat and one mink. We also found several untagged traps.”

Nash was not ordered to pay restitution on the muskrats, which would have cost him $100 to $500 per animal — for a total of up to $9,000. The traps were seized in lieu of paying restitution, Brosky said.

“The cost could have gotten pretty expensive for him,” Brosky said. “This will hopefully get the point across. If you have a license revocation, don’t go back into the field.”

According to previous reports in April 2007, Nash confessed to poaching eight bobcats and to misrepresenting their origin when registering them.

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