Two Charged With Bear Trap Tampering at Tahoe

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 63-year-old California woman and her daughter have been charged with illegally tampering with a bear trap at Lake Tahoe in what Nevada wildlife officials say is the first prosecution of suspects accused of sabotaging state efforts to capture nuisance bears.

Cheryl Ann Morrison of Truckee and her 35-year-old daughter, Season Marie Morrison of Reno, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Incline Village Justice Court to misdemeanor charges of obstructing or interfering with a state wildlife officer. They face up to $1,500 in fines if convicted at their April 9 trial.

Prosecutors say the pair deliberately tripped a culvert trap set to capture a bear in Incline in October.

NDOW spokesman Chris Healy told the Reno Gazette-Journal at least 10 traps have been tampered with over the last two years.