Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Conn. man arrested, charged with illegally trapping bobcat

The Hartford Courant

6:55 PM EST, February 1, 2010

A 57-year-old Burlington man was arrested over the weekend after environmental police linked him to numerous snare traps that had been set on a property in Winchester, one of which caught a bobcat.

Snare traps are illegal in Connecticut, as is trapping bobcats.

Conrad R. Doty is charged with 16 counts of illegal trapping, violation of regulations for taking a wild quadruped, failure to carry written consent of landowner while trapping, illegal trapping of a bobcat and various other violations.

The Department of Environmental Protection's Environmental Conservation Police began investigating in December when a hunter found a bobcat caught in a snare trap and notified police. The bobcat was tranquilized and released without injuries.

Encon police found numerous snare traps on the property, a combination of woods and farmland, and set up surveillance of the area.

Doty showed up the next day to look for the traps, police said. Forensic evidence linked him to the illegal traps, police said. Investigators also discovered he had been trapping on the property without the owner's permission.

— Hilda Muñoz

http://www.courant.com/community/burlington/hc-web-bobcat-trap-0202feb02,0,1520192.story

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