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worelia

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For saving the life of an eagle: $500 fine and 30 days in jail
« on: January 23, 2015, 02:01:12 AM »

Trap hunting is one of the worst crimes. To be prosecuted by law for saving the life of an eagle caught in a trap, and even to be sent to jail by court sentence is one of the most barbaric things to happen.

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Hiker who freed trapped eagle due in court today

By Lisa Phu
Posted on January 22, 2015 at 5:35 am
Category: Crime & courts, Featured News, Outdoors   



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Kathleen Adair encountered an eagle stuck in two traps Dec. 24. (Photo courtesy Kathleen Adair)

A bald eagle was lying on the ground, each leg shut inside traps. When Juneau resident Kathleen Adair came across it scouting a trail for a group hike, the eagle was alive and looking at her. She spent an hour freeing it.

But there’s more to the story. Two and a half weeks later, Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited her for the hindrance of lawful trapping. She now faces a potential $500 fine and 30 days in jail.
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The tragedy in full length :
http://www.ktoo.org/2015/01/22/hiker-freed-trapped-eagle-due-court-today/

ktoo.org is a radio station. If Kathleen Adair is sentenced, we will have to contact ktoo to organize help for her.


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worelia

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Re: For saving the life of an eagle: $500 fine and 30 days in jail
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2015, 02:29:22 AM »

There is more pics of the incident:
http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/juneau-woman-frees-bald-eagle-cited-for-hindering-trapping/30841422


Here is at shitty Facebook (you have to register to be able to read there):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/733227250051073/permalink/926936714013458/

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Katt Adair
January 19 at 3:47am

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Any recommendations for legal assistance? I'm being charged with a misdemeanor for hindering legal trapping out the road. The situation involved an eagle I found in a trap.
Any recommendations for legal assistance? I'm being charged with a misdemeanor for hindering legal trapping out the road. The situation involved an eagle I found in a trap.

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Katie Lee Good for you. I'm sorry you're in trouble but sometimes doing what's right is worth the repercussions.
January 19 at 4:05am · Like · 6
Erika Grant Burkhouse Katt Adair do you work for the State perhaps?
January 19 at 4:05am · Like · 1
Katt Adair I don't.
January 19 at 4:07am · Like
Phyllis Scott I don't understand how you can get ticketed for that. The person who set the trap wouldn't have caught anything with an eagle in their traps.
January 19 at 4:09am · Like · 5
Erika Grant Burkhouse Bummer. State employees have free legal services. If you dont have the money for an attorney you could represent yourself.
January 19 at 4:09am · Like
Samantha Adams I would read the AK Dept of Fish and Game regs for trapping as there is a section in there that pertains to trapper ethics and setting traps in such a manner as to limit incidental non-fur bearer catches such as this. It could raise questions about the...See More
January 19 at 4:11am · Like · 10
Samantha Adams so you sprang a second trap on accident as you were rescuing eagle?
January 19 at 4:12am · Like · 4
Samantha Adams http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/wildliferegulations/pdfs/trapping.pdf
January 19 at 4:12am · Like · 2
Rhyan Nydam Aww poor baby. Breaks my heart
January 19 at 4:13am · Like · 1
Samantha Adams Does your employer provide a benefit that includes legal counsel? Some do aside from the state and tomorrow many communities are offering free legal counsel for MLK day.
January 19 at 4:14am · Like · 1
Samantha Adams https://www.alaskabar.org/servlet/content/martin_luther_king_day.html
Alaska Bar Association :: Martin Luther King Day
In honor of Martin Luther King Junior, attorneys...
alaskabar.org
January 19 at 4:15am · Like · 6
Katt Adair These traps are directly on the Davis Creek trail, which is legal, though not smart.
January 19 at 4:15am · Like · 2
Samantha Adams I would read the regs because if I recall traps set on trails is a no go. Let me re-read
January 19 at 4:16am · Like · 1
Katt Adair I read the regs. Even though this trail is in the Juneau Trail book, it is not one of the trails listed for no-trapping.
Thank you for the info about the free legal help tomorrow. I'll be there!
January 19 at 4:19am · Like · 3
Brianna Karsunky I would say look in the yellow pages and start calling lawyers to explain the situation to and see if they will take your case. This is the second time I've seen this posted (reworded) and the first was deleted. I don't think you will get any luck on h...See More
January 19 at 4:20am · Like · 1
Brianna Karsunky Sorry, this post filled up fast before I could read the thred comments so excuse my repeated questioning. So you freed the eagle, took it to the center, but set off another trap in the process, and THIS is why you are in trouble?
January 19 at 4:24am · Edited · Like · 3
Katt Adair Yes
January 19 at 4:24am · Like
Samantha Adams http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=trapping.code
Alaska Trappers Code of Ethics, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Information on trapping in Alaska
adfg.alaska.gov|By dfg.webmaster@alaska.gov
January 19 at 4:26am · Like · 1
Samantha Adams http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/wildliferegulations/pdfs/trapping.pdf
January 19 at 4:26am · Like · 1
Samantha Adams pgs 6 and 14
January 19 at 4:29am · Like · 1
Brianna Karsunky Wow. I'm stunned by the stupidity of this, I'm sorry. I've been an Alaskan all of my life, was raised in the woods hunting and trapping. This has got to be the dumbest thing that I've ever heard regarding trapping for sure. I personally believe you deserve a pat on the back and a "good job!". No good deed goes unpunished though right? Hopefully the judge will just throw this case out!
January 19 at 4:30am · Like · 15
Samantha Adams Bald eagles are protected by federal law. I would cite this protection as it does reference trapping as being prohibited although it does not refer to incidental trapping of non target species. The law protecting bald eagles should supercede the law for trapping regulation and you should argue that you were not intentionally setting the other trap any more than this particular trapper was intentionallt trapping a federally protected species. http://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/protect/laws.html

Federal Laws to Protect Bald Eagles
Web site of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
fws.gov|By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
January 19 at 4:33am · Like · 7
Katt Adair I was raised here in Juneau hunting also.
January 19 at 4:33am · Like
Samantha Adams Does the trapper have to press charges against you for accidentally setting that second trap?
January 19 at 4:35am · Like · 1
Katt Adair It wasn't an accident. I deemed it necessary for safety.
January 19 at 4:36am · Like · 6
Katie Lee Katt I'm so sorry. You did do the right thing. I wonder if a petition from this community would help you.
January 19 at 4:37am · Like · 7
Samantha Adams Ah....well that is also written into regulation. Good luck trying to find legal rep. tomorrow.
January 19 at 4:37am · Like · 1
Katt Adair I am hoping we can at least get the Davis Creek Trail listed as protected, as many of Juneau's trails are.
January 19 at 4:39am · Like · 8
Adam Wilkinson There is a free legal clinic Monday as part of MLK Day. I don't have the particulars on hand, but I think I saw something in the Empire about it.
January 19 at 4:42am · Like · 1
Katt Adair Samantha told me. Thanks. I'll be there.
January 19 at 4:44am · Like · 3
Mackenzie Harvey Wooooow. I'm speechless. Had to comment so that I can follow this thread! Please let us know what happens and thanks for doing the right thing Katt Adair!
January 19 at 7:01am · Like
Adam Wilkinson Hopefully the Troopers ID the trapper so they can be charged with killing an eagle.
January 19 at 7:15am · Like · 2
Kaitlin Lafavour You do not need to comment to follow threads (just fyi), you can go to the drop down of the post and select "turn on notifications"
January 19 at 9:01am · Like · 6
Linda Smith
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Erika Grant Burkhouse http://m.juneauempire.com/.../woman-cited-tampering-traps...
Woman cited for tampering with traps | Juneau Empire Mobile
Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited a 39-year-old Juneau woman this week for setting off lawful traps intented to catch furbearing animals.
m.juneauempire.com
January 19 at 7:36pm · Like
Erika Grant Burkhouse Katt Adair I would contact the Juneau Empire. This article does not tell the whole story.
January 19 at 7:37pm · Like · 4
Dan DeBartolo Interesting that the reporter says they have seen this info, but hasn't reported anything about the eagle. I imagine they are attempting to verify with a 2nd source.

http://m.juneauempire.com/.../woman-cited-tampering-traps...
Woman cited for tampering with traps | Juneau Empire Mobile
Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited a 39-year-old Juneau woman this week for setting off lawful traps intented to catch furbearing animals.
m.juneauempire.com
January 19 at 9:44pm · Like · 1
Jesse Ross Get a good lawyer, trappers aren't ones to mess with, given its a misdeamenor tell the truth and explain what you did. You may face civil penalties if the trapper presses charges. You should have called the authorities, taking matters into your own hands only muddied the waters more.
January 21 at 7:42am · Like · 6
Dan DeBartolo http://juneauempire.com/.../trap-snares-eagle-and-woman...
Trap snares eagle and the woman who says she freed it
A Juneau woman who was cited by Alaska Wildlife...
juneauempire.com
January 21 at 7:48pm · Like · 1
Jesse Ross Funny how the empire hasn't told the trappers side of the story.
I get that she thought she was doing the right thing, but the law is the law.
Adair acted out of emotion and did more harm than good....See More
January 21 at 9:19pm · Like · 2
Kaitlin Lafavour At least now we all know what to do in a situation like that. However hard it may be. I still feel there there is a case here and we shall see what comes of it.
January 21 at 10:05pm · Like
Brianna Karsunky Like I had said, I was raised hunting and trapping. Literally, raised in the woods. I can agree with Jesse to a degree as well. He does have a very accurate point of view here. I mean, you can't blame her for acting out of emotion of seeing and animal ...See More
January 21 at 11:51pm · Like
Louisa Phillips This is so messed up. And yeah on my iPad mini I have to comment to follow. The drop down menu won't give me the option to follow.
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Jesse Ross The law was broken, AWT did their job 100%. Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking the law! Rescuing the eagle has NOTHING to do with this case. As an avid outdoorsman I am supportive of the effort to rescue an injured eagle, but I am opposed...See More
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Jennifer AK ButiAddict Katt Adair pm'd you
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Kaitlin Lafavour Alright, Katt was seeking recommendations on legal assistance. I think she was able to get that. Now it seems to be taking more of a sour and personal note. And at this point I feel any further discussion on the matter could potentally hinder the case (for either side).
16 hrs · Like · 1
Jesse Ross How is the above personal? The law is the law. Its meant to protect both sides.all user groups.
16 hrs · Like
Amy Courtney Katt, I PMed you.
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Brianna Karsunky Nothing being said on this post is going to threaten the case on either side. Jesse is right about the law being the law, and a judge is to uphold it. That said, none of our opinions really matter to a judge, or in a courtroom on the subject. Nothing t...See More
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Mariann Turley Crooks http://www.ktoo.org/.../hiker-freed-trapped-eagle-due.../
Hiker who freed trapped eagle due in court today
A bald eagle was lying on the ground, each leg shut...
ktoo.org
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Let's all help Kathleen Adair
https://www.facebook.com/katt.adair?fref=photo

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Re: For saving the life of an eagle: $500 fine and 30 days in jail
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2015, 10:57:32 AM »

Send support emails to KTOO:

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Phone: +1-907-463-6450

Matt Miller         matt@ktoo.org
Casey Kelly     casey@ktoo.org
Lisa Phu           lisaphu@ktoo.org
Jeremy Hsieh  jeremy@ktoo.org
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Re: For saving the life of an eagle: $500 fine and 30 days in jail
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2015, 08:05:10 PM »

The incident has two parts: the eagle and the other traps. Both are a shame!

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-23/prosecutors-dismiss-case-against-woman-who-freed-eagle-trap

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Prosecutors dismiss case against woman who freed eagle from trap
Posted: January 23, 2015 - 12:08am

Kathleen Adair, a 39-year-old Juneau woman who was cited for hindering trapping after she saved an eagle ensnared in a trap, demonstrates how she got the bird out of the trap using a mini-trap she brought to the Dimond Courthouse Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors dismissed her case during her arraignment, saying her actions were laudable.

By EMILY RUSSO MILLER   
JUNEAU EMPIRE

Prosecutors on Thursday dismissed the case against a Juneau woman who freed a bald eagle ensnared in a trap, commending her efforts as laudable.

Juneau District Attorney James Scott said his office would have “screened out” the case against 39-year-old Kathleen Adair, but he learned the Alaska Wildlife Troopers already cited her for “hindering lawful trapping.” He relied on court rules pertaining to prosecutorial discretion to dismiss the misdemeanor criminal case.

“Her actions in saving the eagle were laudable,” Scott told Juneau District Court Judge Thomas Nave during Adair’s arraignment Thursday afternoon. “She should not have to run the risk of a conviction on her record for this offense.”

“When she’s hiking and she comes across an eagle in a snare, I encourage her to rescue that eagle again, and I will screen that case out as well,” the district attorney added.


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The trapper called the Alaska Wildlife Troopers to report someone had tampered with his traps, which is a criminal misdemeanor offense that can be punishable by up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine.
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There is no "lawful trapping". It is bastardly sadistic murdering of animals. If there is a law which allows that, the law-makers should be put in those traps.
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