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WI Home Video Catches Hunter Stealing Trap

Home Video Catches Hunter Stealing Trap

Posted: May 19, 2009 03:11 PM

Augusta (WQOW) - An Augusta hunter is ordered to do community service, after a man catches him stealing from his trap.

In April, Richard Price was convicted of illegally taking an animal trap. He has been in the news before, for having a very successful deer hunt.

He was part of a group that took in nearly 50 deer last season, when many hunters in the area were complaining about the lack of deer.

We interviewed Richard and his hunting team last year, about the dozens of deer they nabbed.

In November, Richard was caught stealing a beaver out of someone else's trap in the Town of Bridge Creek. It was actually a sting operation set up by another trapper. That man thought Richard had been stealing from his trap, so he called a warden. The warden gave the man a dead beaver to place in his trap.

The man waited by his trap with a video camera to get proof of the theft and that's when Richard was seen taking the beaver.

Richard pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was given the option of five days in jail or 40 hours of community service. He chose community service. Along with that, Price also had his hunting, fishing and trapping licenses revoked for five years.

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