It’s sweet justice for a Wisconsin trapper who was having issues with a thief on his trapline. Turns out the savvy fellow found a creative way to prove that the traps at the thief’s house were his. Here’s a summary:
DNR wardens seized three traps from Brown’s residence they believed had been stolen, although Brown claimed he owned the traps, according to the complaint. The victim identified the traps as his, noting that a black light revealed an ultraviolet marker he placed on two of them.
Brown has a pretrial conference scheduled in Jackson County Circuit Court for Aug. 22. Each misdemeanor count carries a minimum $300 fine and a five-year revocation of all hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.
Trap thieves beware! I’d never heard of the UV marker trick, but I may try it if I ever get in this kind of jam.