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A judge sentenced a woman to 15 days in jail for freeing a crying cub from a bear trap.

Municipal Court Judge James Devine sentenced Catherine McCartney, 50, on Thursday, NJ.com reported. McCartney, who has a record of arrests related to bear hunt protests, pleaded guilty to obstructing “the administration of law and the prevention of the lawful taking of wildlife”.

McCartney, a dedicated animal rights activist, plans to appeal the sentence, relating to the incident in in Vernon, New Jersey.

In a statement she read in court, McCartney said she did not regret her decision in rescuing the bear cub from the painful trap.

“These animals are innocent and so I made the moral decision to let the bear go so he could run back to his mother, and it was the right thing to do,” she said.

The incident in question took place in October in a condominium complex. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said it installed two culvert traps inside the complex campus to capture a bear—known as “Momma Bear” by activists—following two incidents with residents. None of these incidents resulted in injury.


Mark Nagelhout, who helped McCartney free the cub, also plead guilty to the same charges. However, he did not receive a jail sentence since this was his first offence.

Both defendants were also fined $1,316.
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Responses to "Woman sentenced to jail for freeing crying bear cub from trap in New Jersey"

  1. My heroine!

  2. Have they ever thought of a live trap?

  3. Unknown says:

    Is this another act of STUPID... she frees a baby bear cub and she is arrested..WTH is that. The wildlife officers would rather her just leave the baby there crying..??? come on ..is there something in the water or air up there that destroys common sense..just wondering.

  4. Unknown says:

    she's my new hero <3

  5. Omg....this is so f***ed up. What is the world coming to 😥. I would do exactly the same in her position.

  6. Unknown says:

    God bless her.

  7. Unknown says:

    I would of done the same thing,and shame on that judge,the animals of the world don't stand a chance anymore.

  8. chamane44 says:

    NJ be ashamed...

  9. Kim says:

    What a despicable act of injustice on the part of this judge. This woman should be applauded, and whoever set this trap instead of a live trap, should be the one in jail. I hope he or she gets their leg caught in one of these torture devises!! Such evil, heartless people in the world, today!!

  10. Unknown says:

    Judge should have been more creative in his sentencing.
    Maybe give her community service time.

    Or maybe give her two days in jail and an official award for human compassion for a trapped animal.

  11. PipsKay says:

    wow, that's disgusting, going to jail, for doing the kind and right thing..I would have done the exact same thing!

  12. Unknown says:

    All of us have to step up and save the life of animal even if it means jail time.

  13. Unknown says:

    There is NO ROOM on our CHIMPOIDALLY overpopulated planet for Nature-haters, which is what ALL politicians seem to be, and, apparently, not a few judges, either. "Respect EXISTENCE - or expect RESISTANCE !!" >:(

  14. susan says:

    May God Bless You There Is A place In HAVEN For You. Thank You.

  15. Unknown says:

    Just another example of our totally screwed up legal system that will arrest a person who is compassionate and kind hearted towards helpless animals yet the real criminals get away with murder!!!

  16. And would that morally corrupt IDIOT judge have left a CHILD who may have become trapped to cry and suffer AS WELL??? Or are only WHITE MALE HUNTERS the privileged ones to walk this planet and decide who dies??? FUCK THEM ALL - put them ALL in one of those traps, and WALK AWAY......VERY VERY FAR AWAY.....

  17. great person deserves kudos not punishment

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