Bad trappers make us all look bad so we should commend Alaska Wildlife Trooper David Chaffin for a very creative bust for illegal trapping last December that should keep an alleged offender off of his trapline.
An Alaska Wildlife Trooper turned the tables on a trapper when he set his own trap to catch whoever took a lynx out of season. After finding a dead lynx he found trapped near Ninilchik in December before the Jan. 1 start of the season, Wildlife Trooper David Chaffin cut off part of the lynx’s right ear. When a trapper, Allen J. Hoffman, 68, brought in three lynx furs to be sealed at the Homer office of the Department of Fish and Game, one lynx fur missed part of its right ear, Chaffin wrote in a criminal complaint. Chaffin alleged that fur matched the cut-off part of the ear he had seized earlier as evidence. Hoffman was charged with taking or trapping a lynx during a closed season, unlawful possession or transportation of game, unsworn falsification.
What do you think? Did the trapper deserve to get busted or did the trooper take it too far? What would you have done?