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MN - Busted for illegal trapping

Fur trapper receives hefty state sentence

The Journal
Published Tuesday, June 19, 2007

(This is a follow-up to the article posted November 3, 2005 - Chisholm fur trapper charged after Internet sting)

A northeast Minnesota trapper's legal nightmare may just be beginning.
Roderick "Rick" Kottom, sentenced June 4 in St. Louis County District Court on a bevy of state charges for illegal trapping activity, now faces federal charges.

Kottom was convicted of possession of a prohibited wild animal and received one year in jail, $3,000 fine, two years supervised probation, $962 fine and surcharge, $200 restitution (two fisher at $100 each). Kottom also agreed to report as directed to probation authorities, remain law abiding, and be subject to random searches.

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