- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada commercial trapper has been slapped with a $5,000 civil penalty and $1,065 in court fines and fees for trapping violations that game wardens said caused collateral damage to wildlife.

Trevor Walch of Elko was sentenced June 4 in Elko Justice Court after pleading guilty to one count of illegally trapping near exposed bait and two counts of failing to visit traps within the required four-day time limit.

Nevada Department of Wildlife officials say because the 29-year-old Walch failed to check the traps on time, a mule deer fawn, an elk calf and three coyotes apparently died in traps.

Game wardens observed the dead deer and one of the dead coyotes in two separate traps for a period of at least 13 days.

The conviction stemmed from a multi-month investigation in Lander and Elko counties.


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