Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
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Bear Trapping Conviction in Pendleton County

A Pendleton County man has been convicted and fined for
illegally trapping a black bear, according to Captain Charles
Schollar of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law
Enforcement Section.

On October 21, 2008, DNR Conservation Officer Greg Chambers was
contacted by a hunter who reported that he had witnessed a black
bear caught in a culvert trap on Stoney Run in Pendleton County.
Officer Chambers investigated and discovered a bear caught in a
home-made culvert trap.  After documenting the evidence,
Conservation Officer Chambers, DNR Wildlife Manager Mike Eye and
State Trooper Andy Teter transported the bear to a remote location
on the George Washington National Forest and released it.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that
Eugene Varner, 46, of Sugar Grove, W.Va.,
had built, baited and set the trap which had caught the bear in
question. On April 16, 2009, Varner pled no contest in Pendleton
county magistrate court to the charge of taking bear by an illegal
method.  Varner was fined $1,000 and court costs of $159. In
addition, the culvert trap was forfeited to the State and Varner
faces a two-year revocation of his hunting and fishing license.

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