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On 7/12/18, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Juneau Post, received a report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that they had been contacted about a bear that had been found dead and caught in a snare on Douglas Island near Mount Ben Stewart. Investigation revealed that the snares had been set by Mark Mitchell, age 39 of Juneau, who was targeting wolves. The snares had been left out in an active condition past the closure of wolf trapping season in GMU 1C on 4/30/18. Mitchell had previously been cited for a related incident where he had left snares in the field near Ready Boullion Creek on Douglas Island resulting in a bear cub being snared. That case is still pending in the Juneau District Court.
On 9/6/18 Mitchell was served with a misdemeanor summons charging him with an additional count of attempting to trap wolves during a closed season. Arraignment for the new charge was set on 9/27/18 at 11:00AM in the District Court at Juneau.
It is believed that there are still additional snares in the field on Douglas Island or in the area of Thane. Anyone who locates any snares are encouraged to contact the Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Juneau 907-225-5118.
Posted on 9/6/2018 2:39:56 PM by DPS\jtabbott