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.