Women Admit to Tampering With Bear Trap

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - A mother and daughter concede they tampered with a bear trap set up by Nevada Department of Wildlife officials last fall but claim they did so because they believed it was set illegally.

Cheryl Ann Morrison and her daughter, Season Morrison, are charged with deliberating tripping a trap set up to catch a nuisance black bear on Oct. 9 near Lake Tahoe. They are the first to be prosecuting under a Nevada law for tampering with a government bear trap

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Justice of the Peace E. Alan Tiras delayed a ruling following a daylong hearing Wednesday in Incline Justice Court.

The women could face fines up to $1,500 if convicted of the misdemeanor offenses.