Illegal Juneau wolf snare leads to bear cub’s death
A Juneau man has been cited after the Douglas Island death of a young black bear, killed by state officials when it was caught in shares which Alaska Wildlife Troopers say he illegally left in the area.
Mark Mitchell, 39, was issued a court summons on one count of attempting to trap wolves during a closed season, according to a trooper dispatch.
The case is connected to snares troopers say Mitchell left near Ready Bouillon Creek on Douglas Island near Juneau, an area where the wolf trapping season ends on April 30. On May 29, Alaska Department of Fish and Game staff told troopers one of those snares had caught a black bear cub.
“[Fish and Game] had responded and determined that the bear had suffered extensive injuries as a result of the snare and needed to be euthanized,” troopers wrote.
Mitchell’s hunting privileges had been revoked until November due to previous hunting violations, according to the dispatch. He was issued his court summons Wednesday after troopers spoke with him.
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters was unable to discuss what if anything Mitchell said about why the snares were still in place after April 30.
“We located three snares in total at one location,” Peters wrote. “The bear was a yearling male black bear weighing about 50 lbs. One (of) the snares caught the bear around both hind legs and had cut almost all the way to the bone.”
Mitchell is scheduled to appear in Juneau District Court on June 21.
Anyone with information about other illegal snares left in the Juneau area is asked to call local wildlife troopers at 907-465-4000.
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