Rutland, VT – Jake Duprey, 27, of Chittenden pled guilty on November 14, 2011 in Rutland Superior Court Criminal Division to attempting to take a black bear by illegal means.
Duprey was apprehended on September 20, 2011 by State Game Wardens Lt. Don Isabelle and Dale Whitlock as he was observed checking a baited steel cable foot snare. Duprey admitted to the wardens that he had baited the snare with grain and donuts as well as setting the snare in an attempt to catch a bear.
Duprey told Lt. Isabelle that ever since he was a kid he always wanted to trap a bear and knowing that one was in immediate area felt this was an opportunity to do so. It is a violation of Vermont law to take a wild animal with a snare as well as to take a bear with a trap or the aid of bait.
Duprey was fined $371 and will not be able to have licenses to hunt, fish and trap in Vermont for three years and until he successfully completes a remedial hunting course.