Middlebury Man Arrested for Illegal Trapping

The arrest is the result of a complaint received by EnCon Police, that two beavers and a blue heron were found dead at Hop Brook.


Trail cameras at Hop Brook snapped the image of a man Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police determined to be Resid Ismaili of Middlebury, reportedly checking illegal snare traps, according to a Monday, Dec. 10, press release from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Ismaili was arrested on Friday, Dec. 7, after EnCon police received a complaint stating that two beavers and a blue heron were found dead at Hop Brook. All of the animals had allegedly been caught in illegal snare traps, the release stated.

The Middlebury man, 67, of 415 Whittemore Rd., was arrested on the following charges:

  • Illegal trapping with a snare
  • Trapping on private property without permission
  • Trapping without a license


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Following the complaint, a trail camera was installed at the location and was used to determine that the activity were ongoing, the DEEP stated.

The cameras provided photographic evidence of who was returning to the area after dusk to check the traps. On December 7, EnCon police officers conducted surveillance of the area and apprehended Ismaili, whose image was allegedly that of the person seen on the trail camera. 

Ismaili, whose home is on the property adjacent to where the snares were set, is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Waterbury on December 24.

Evan's grandma December 10, 2012 at 08:38 PM
He's disgusting! Snare him.
Andy Florence December 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I've been hunting and target shooting for 60 years, and there's nothing I like better than seeing a poacher get nailed. Those of us who are legitimate sportsmen are enraged by anybody who willfully abuses wildlife.
Mary Trupp MacLeod December 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
This person deserves the severest penalty available...despicable.
joe_m December 11, 2012 at 07:45 PM
There was a time I would have liked to see him suffer the consequences of his breaking the law. Now, however, it's more of "why him"? Most of our politicians ignore our laws or exempt themselves from them. We allow millions of "undocumented" immigrants to ignore our laws. If you are a "public" figure, you get more chances than most. Food stamp debit cards being used at bars and strip clubs. I guess I could go on but you get the idea. Why should this individual be held to a different standard? Why are only some allowed to break or ignore our laws while others get prosecuted? I guess we are no longer equal under the eyes of the law, some are more equal than others.


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