(Jackson, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reports the successful conviction of two Alpine men for multiple trapping violations. Harold Buckner recently pleaded guilty to trapping while his trapping privileges were suspended. Buckner’s trapping privileges had been suspended in July of 2013 for multiple trapping violations. Richard Permann pleaded guilty to being an accessory to Buckner’s offense as well as failing to check his traps and for trapping too close to a public road.
Buckner was sentenced to serve five days in jail and his trapping privileges were revoked for six and a half years. He also received a $500 fine and is required to serve a one-year probation sentence. The probation terms require that he violate no laws and abide by his suspension. If Buckner were to violate the terms of his probation, he would have to serve the remaining 360 days jail that were suspended in favor of probation.
Permann was sentenced to pay a combined $1,500 in fines for his three violations, as well as a three year probation term with his trapping privileges also being revoked for those three years. In addition, Permann must pay a $365 veterinary bill that was the result of a domestic dog being caught in one of his traps that was too close to a public road. Similar to Buckner, if Permann were to violate his probation, he would be required to serve the remaining probationary period in jail, which could be up to three years.
“Clearly, these two individuals did not take the Wyoming trapping laws, or their trapping responsibilities, seriously,” said Wyoming Game and Fish Warden, Robert Hipp. “It was especially evident with Buckner who had already lost his trapping privileges back in July.” Buckner had lost his trapping privileges for a year after being convicted for multiple violations, including failing to check his traps, using game animal parts as bait and having traps too close to an exposed bait or carcass.
“We would especially like to commend the Teton County Prosecutors Office and Teton County Circuit Court Judge, James L. Radda, for their continued commitment to enforcing our wildlife laws in Teton County.”
–Wyoming Game & Fish Department