Game warden finds illegal traps, releases bobcat

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Updated: 12/19/2012 12:46 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Game wardens discovered several illegal traps near Thomas Creek off Mount Rose Highway in early December, and are asking for information from the public on the identity of the person who set the traps.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife says the traps were illegal for a number of reasons. First, they were in an area prohibited for trapping. Secondly, one of the traps didn’t have spacers, a feature used to reduce the suffering of captured animals, and third, the trapper did not visit the traps within the required 96 hour period.

During the investigation, game wardens discovered a bobcat caught in one of the traps and released the animal immediately.

NDOW says a rotation of five game wardens monitored the traps for 130 hours, spending days and nights on the traps waiting to catch the illegal trapper. Game wardens are hoping someone will come forward with information that leads to the person who set the trap.

The violations detected with this series of traps are all misdemeanors with violations that can total many hundreds of dollars. NDOW is asking for the public’s help. Anyone who has witnessed trapping in the Thomas Creek area over the past few weeks should contact the NDOW and let game wardens know.

Sportsmen and members of the public can report wildlife violations to Operation Game Thief at (800) 992-3030.  

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