Saratoga Man Receives Fines, Probation, License Suspensions for Trapping Violations in Wyoming
A repeat offender of Wyoming trapping laws has had his hunting and trapping privileges suspended for 15 years for violation of Wyoming trapping laws.
Robert Mclean of Saratoga was charged with 12 trapping violations from 2003-2007, and in 2007 was convicted of trapping on private land without permission and received fines and a three year suspension of trapping privileges. In February 2010, then Elk Mountain Game Warden Jordan Kraft received a report of bobcat traps set illegally on private land. Further investigation by Kraft revealed the traps did not contain identification and one trap had been set within 30 feet of a bait of more than five pounds in weight. Setting a trap or snare within 30 feet of any exposed bait or carcass of more than five pounds is prohibited in Wyoming. Kraft recognized the very specific trapping style used in the bobcat trap sets from his investigation of Mclean's illegal traps in 2007. After execution of search warrants and the evidence gathered, McLean was convicted of violations that took place during the 2009-2010 trapping season.These included trapping while under license suspension, accessory to fail to tag traps and/or snares, and two counts as an accessory to trapping on private land without permission.
Carbon County Circuit Court Judge Jane Eakin levied a $1,550 fine, 540 days of jail time, and a 15-year revocation of hunting and trapping privileges. During the 15-year revocation period, McLean is prohibited from taking any wildlife, being in the field with a firearm, or associating with anyone in the field with a firearm. He was also ordered to forfeit three mink pelts. The jail time and $1,110 of the fine was suspended and Mclean was also placed on two years probation. Kraft states that Judge Eakin's sentence sends a clear message that repeated offense of wildlife laws will not be taken lightly.
Kraft said the prosecution of the case was made possible thanks to involvement and cooperation of numerous game wardens and wildlife investigators, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Carbon County Sheriff's Department, Saratoga Police Department, and the Carbon County Attorney's Office.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540