WASILLA -- An Alaska wildlife trooper has been named the
defendant in a lawsuit that claims he and his trapping partner
violated the law when they set snares for fox and coyote on private
property without permission.
Central Gravel Products owners
Nicolene Jordan and Mark Loomis filed the civil lawsuit against
Trooper John Cyr for "multiple trespasses and creation of an ongoing
nuisance" on land they lease in a suburban area near Colony High
The complaint, which Talkeetna attorney Paul Brattan
filed Thursday in Palmer Superior Court, also lists as a defendant
Rick Ellis, Cyr's trapping partner and a past president of the
Alaska Frontier Trappers Association.
Ellis said Friday he
hadn't yet been served and declined to comment. Cyr previously
instructed a reporter to contact Ellis for any comments. He is a
wildlife trooper based out of Palmer.
Jordan and Loomis in
mid-November discovered at least 38 snares in an old potato field on
160 acres leased for years from landowner Ralph Kircher. Neither
they nor Kircher ever gave the trappers permission to enter the
property, both said last month.
They also found several
moose heads and what looked like the body of a moose calf used as
bait, according to the complaint. Boot prints led in and out of the
property about 200 feet from a sign marking the entrance to the
Even if the court doesn't find that Cyr and
Ellis violated criminal law, they are still liable for civil
trespass and creating a nuisance with the snares and carcasses,
which could draw animals to the site in close proximity to a school,
the complaint says.
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