The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

January 13, 2014

Illegal traps found in Neosho park tips being sought

NEOSHO, Mo. — Police and state conservation agents are investigating the discovery of a couple of spring-loaded animal traps that were illegally set in Morse Park in Neosho.

The illegal trapping was reported Sunday when a dog was injured by one of the steel traps while being walked in the park by its owner. Officers subsequently found a fox caught in a second trap. The fox was injured but survived.

The traps had been set near the park’s ball fields, one near a tree line behind the ball fields, the other near Dean Keeling Drive and the access road leading to the old city dump.

The Missouri Department of Conservation was notified and is investigating the matter. Trapping is not allowed on city property, and the traps reportedly were not marked with their owner’s name, a violation of state law.

Authorities are asking that anyone with information about the case call police at 417-451-8012 or the Missouri Department of Conservation at 417-451-4158.

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