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October 20, 2010

Two Connecticut Men Arrested for Baiting Bears

David Such, 49, of Enfield, Ct and Charles F. LaFountain, 49, of Somers, Ct were arrested in Jay, Vermont on Sunday October 17, 2010 after being found hunting bear over bait.

State Game Wardens located a large bait pile of apples and acorns coated with an attractant lure. Two wardens conducted surveillance on the baited area and later arrested Mr. Such when he climbed into his tree stand and began hunting bear over the bait. The wardens also found Mr. Lafountain in a different location, but in the same area hunting bear over a large pile of apples coated with an attractant lure.

Other bait piles and unoccupied tree stands were located in the area of a camp the two men were using. If convicted, Such and LaFountain each face a criminal charge stemming from the incident, and each could have fines up to $1,000 and 60 days in jail as well as losing their right to hunt, fish and trap in Vermont for up to three years.

You can report fish and wildlife law violations to a Vermont State Game Warden through a nearby State Police radio dispatcher, or by calling the Operation Game Thief phone number, 1-800-75ALERT (1-800-752-5378). Learn more about Operation Game Thief on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website (vtfishandwildlife.com).

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: October 20, 2010 16:54:51