Unmarked Traps Lead to $4,000 Fine


Price — Two men will pay a total of $4,000 for breaking Utah’s trapping laws.

Dean and Spencer Steele, both of Utah County, were originally charged with more than 20 counts for violating Utah’s trapping regulations. In a plea agreement, both men pled guilty to five Class B Misdemeanors. In addition to paying $4,000, the men also forfeited numerous traps and a bobcat pelt. And both of them might lose their trapping privileges in Utah.

During January, officers with the Division of Wildlife Resources discovered several leg-hold traps on Cedar Mountain in east central Utah. None of the traps had trap identification numbers attached to them.

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