TUPPER LAKE — A Tupper Lake man pleaded guilty last week to 31 violations of Environmental Conservation Law related to illegal trapping.
Terry J. Hurteau, 56, entered his guilty pleas in an appearance in Tupper Lake Town Court on March 6, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said in a press release.
Hurteau was ordered to pay $3,875 in fines and surcharges.
On Feb. 11, the DEC Police charged Hurteau with offenses including unlawfully setting 15 snares for coyote, multiple counts for unlawful use of body-gripping traps on land and multiple counts of failing to tag traps, the DEC said in a press release.
He was issued appearance tickets for Tupper Lake Town Court.
DEC officers initially responded to complaints about a coyote running through the yards of some Tupper Lake residences, according to the release.
The callers reported that the coyote looked to be injured and tangled in what appeared to be wire, the DEC said.
Environmental Conservation officers located the coyote by tracking it through the snow. Due to the extent of its injuries and its entanglement in the snare, the animal was euthanized, the DEC said.
But the officers were able to use the snare to begin the investigation that led them to Hurteau, the DEC said.
Hurteau’s activities were extreme and flagrant violations of trapping law and regulation, the DEC said in the release.
They do not reflect the behavior of the vast majority of ethical trappers, the DEC said.
— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg