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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-17-2018, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Angry Stolen and removed traps ??

What to do when the WCO takes your perfectly legal traps set with permission on land he doesn’t even know who the owner is. Doesn’t fine the neighbor who stole/ tampered with the first 2 traps set and notified him of said illegal trapping on property. It’s tough enough to secure trapping permission , but to have your WCO take ur sets ( cut chains with bolt cutters to take traps ) by listening to the neighbor. And then does not charge the individual for tampering with said traps. What would you do ?
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-17-2018, 09:20 AM
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Call your local law enforcement and tell them you had items stolen.
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Have you spoken to the officer?

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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-17-2018, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Officer showed up with all 4 traps ...2 that were stolen/removed by neighbor ( claims dog was caught ) on said private property with written trapper permission secured and in possession of trapper and the 2 additional traps he removed . WCO had to cut chain with bolt cutters (bullet tip on chain ) cause he couldn’t pull it out . Set day 1 .. Day 2 check - Traps stolen, .... set more traps . Day 3 -check traps missing/ removed ... a few days later WCO shows up with traps . Now you lost traps and days of trapping all due to a neighbor that tampered with traps and then your WCO takes your sets . Nothing happens to violator and ur out hours of time for being a legal honest permission getting trapper. No one had permission to said land except trapper.
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I know there's two sides two every story, but if everything your saying is the truth that is bull.
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post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-17-2018, 03:58 PM
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Question : If everything is as represented in original post, would the Warden in question be liable for damages or be able to be charged with a Game Code violation. How far does immunity go.

If it were me, I would be upset, but would settle for an apology and let it go at that. But I am just curious as to what the law is in a situation like that.
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If the op believes he was not treated correctly, he can always contact the officer's law enforcement supervisor or regional director and speak to them, I can't make a judgement based on one side of the story.
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Follow Woods Walkers advice and call Harrisburg
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post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-17-2018, 04:52 PM
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He should call the Reading office of the PGC, that is where the officer's direct supervisors are. the number is in the digest or on their website if he doesn't have a digest. Harrisburg will just kick it down to Reading and prolong the process.

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post #10 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-17-2018, 07:03 PM
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something doesn't sound right , don't traps have to be tagged with trappers name or cid number ? I would follow the advice already given call regional office and talk to the supervisor
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