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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Bear Trapper Convicted In West Virginia
A Pendleton County man has been convicted and fined for illegally trapping a black bear, according to Captain Charles Schollar of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section.

On October 21, 2008, DNR Conservation Officer Greg Chambers was contacted by a hunter who reported that he had witnessed a black bear caught in a culvert trap on Stoney Run in Pendleton County. Officer Chambers investigated and discovered a bear caught in a home-made culvert trap. After documenting the evidence, Conservation Officer Chambers, DNR Wildlife Manager Mike Eye and State Trooper Andy Teter transported the bear to a remote location on the George Washington National Forest and released it.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Eugene Varner, 46, of Sugar Grove, W.Va., had built, baited and set the trap which had caught the bear in question. On April 16, 2009, Varner pled no contest in Pendleton county magistrate court to the charge of taking bear by an illegal method. Varner was fined $1,000 and court costs of $159. In addition, the culvert trap was forfeited to the State and Varner faces a two-year revocation of his hunting and fishing license.
Contact:
Capt. Charles Schollar, District 2 - Romney (304) 822-3551 law@wvdnr.gov

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