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AZ: Man fined for illegal trapping


Man fined for illegal trapping

KINGMAN - The Arizona Game and Fish Department, following up on a report submitted to Operation Game Thief, arrested an individual Feb. 7 for numerous wildlife law violations.

The Game and Fish OGT received a call on Feb. 5 regarding leg-hold traps being set illegally in Knight Creek area, east of Kingman, in Game Management Unit 18A. Steven Wannebo, 58, from Crosslake, Minn., was contacted by officers two days later while in the field checking his trap line.

The subject was arrested and booked into Mohave County jail on four counts of setting leg hold traps on State Trust Land, three counts of trapping within half-mile of a residence, and one count of driving a motor vehicle with a revoked driver's license.

Wannebo pleaded guilty at his initial arraignment with a Mohave County judge on Tuesday and was ordered to pay $3,200 in fines.

"I'm pleased at how well our OGT program worked yet again. The program has been successful in helping us bring wildlife violators to justice," said Officer Jes Antolik, investigator with the Game and Fish Kingman office.

The OGT hotline is (800) 352-0700. Web submissions can be reported at www.azgfd.gov/thief. Cash rewards of up to $8,000 can be paid.

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