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CT: Man Charged With Illegal Trapping

February 5, 2010

Man Charged With Illegal Trapping

AVON A Plainville man faces illegal trapping charges after a dog was caught in one of his traps, the state's environmental agency said Thursday.

The incident happened Sunday, when a man was walking his dog on a trail along the Farmington River in Avon, according to a press release from the state Department of Environmental Protection. His dog got caught in a snare trap, which is a wire loop that squeezes animals, eventually suffocating them. Snare traps are illegal in Connecticut, said Capt. Raul Camejo of the DEP.

The dog's owner is familiar with snare traps, Camejo said, and was able to release his dog, which was not injured. The man called the agency the next day, and DEP police officers found more illegal snare traps at the site and also found illegal leg-hold traps.

On Tuesday, officers returned to the site, he said. Stanislaw Koldziej, 57, approached while carrying more snare traps and other trapping equipment.

They seized the equipment and charged him with seven counts of illegal trapping, seven counts of illegal coyote trapping and seven counts of failure to tag traps with the name of the owner.

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