FALLON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A Fallon man was convicted on Friday of failing to visit his trap line, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife. That offense is a misdemeanor, and Clinton Felton, 47, was assessed a $500 civil penalty for each of the two animals found dead in his traps ($1,000 total fine).
His failure to visit resulted in the death of a bighorn sheep lamb and a bobcat that both likely died of exposure.
NDOW says Felton was convicted in New River Justice Court in Fallon stemming from an episode discovered by game wardens in October, 2011. Felton has been cited multiple times over the years for failing to visit his traps.
Felton caught at least two animals in his trap line in Oct. 2011. A bighorn sheep lamb wandered into one Felton’s traps and died, along with a bobcat in a separate trap along the same line. Trappers are required to visit traps every 96 hours, according to state law. Trappers are also required to release animals that are inadvertently captured in traps. The animals were found dead in separate traps located at the top of the Stillwater Mountains, East of Fallon.
NDOW says Felton was convicted or forfeited bail for failure to visit traps four other times over the years. He was convicted first in 1991, followed by two separate incidents in 2001. He forfeited bail again in December 2009 and in December 2010. Felton was also convicted in February of this year.
Sportsmen and members of the public can report wildlife violations to Operation Game Thief at (800) 992-3030. To learn more about game wardens and wildlife in Nevada visit NDOW on the web at www.ndow.org.