WY: Conservationist pleads guilty to trapping
July 23, 2010
Conservationist pleads guilty to trapping
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The leader of a prominent conservation group has
pleaded guilty to illegally trapping porcupines and burning brush piles in
Grand Teton National Park.
Murie Center executive director Steve Duerr pleaded guilty Thursday to
three misdemeanors - illegal use of a trap, attempted illegal taking of
wildlife and setting fire in an undesignated area. He was fined $250 for
The center is located in the national park. Duerr told a federal
magistrate he used poor judgment in acting to take care of brush piles park
officials had failed to remove and in setting traps for porcupines that were
chewing on the screen doors of guest cabins.
Duerr said he put metal on the doors to protect them but the porcupines
scratched on the panels, waking guests up.
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