Barre, Vt – A Vermont commercial hunting guide has been
convicted of baiting bears for his hunting clients.
John Monfreda, 41, of Hinesburg was convicted October 19, 2011
in Chittenden County District Court.
Monfreda was fined $ 200.00 and will have his right to purchase
Vermont hunting, fishing and trapping licenses suspended for three
years. In addition, prior to receiving his license reinstatement,
he will be required to attend a remedial hunter ethics course.
The case resulted from a tip from a concerned citizen through
Vermont’s Operation Game Thief phone line that Monfreda was using
bait to attract game for clients.
Operation Game Thief is a non-profit joint project of the
Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and the Vermont Fish and
Wildlife Department, which pays rewards to citizens who turn in
poachers. Callers do not have to reveal their names, testify in
court or sign a deposition. Rewards are paid if an arrest is made
or if a citation is issued. The toll-free OGT phone is 1-800-
ALERT (1-800-752-5378). Reports also can be made on Fish and
Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).
“It concerns us that a commercial guide would not only take
advantage of unwitting out of state clients, but also blatantly
violate Vermont’s laws for his own personal gain,” said Colonel
David LeCours, Vermont’s Chief Game Warden. “We all expect hunting
guides to conduct their business according to the highest ethics
and standards. I applaud Vermont sportsmen for coming forward to
report this crime.”