06 March 2020

Vermont State Game Wardens located a deceased red fox on February 23 off Webster Road in Pomfret, Vermont.  The fox had been illegally caught in a snare.  Upon completion of their investigation, the wardens charged Neil Lamson, 73, of Pomfret with four criminal counts of trapping violations. 

Mr. Lamson is scheduled to appear at the Windsor County Superior Court on April 21, at 8:00 a.m. to answer the charges.  If convicted, he could face fines of more than $1,000 and lose his right to hunt, fish and trap in Vermont and 46 other states for three years.

Although trapping is a legal, highly regulated activity in Vermont that helps manage some species and provides biological data, snaring, and the possession of a snare with intent to use, have been illegal in the state for more than half a century.

To report a Fish and Wildlife violation please call the Operation Game Thief Hotline at; 1-800-75-Alert.

For Immediate Release:  March 6, 2020

Media Contact:  Colonel Jason Batchelder 802-858-1529

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