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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

  18. Unknown says:

    Courts are bastions for tyranny and extortion

  19. pat says:

    WTG...a baby in pain, scared and hurting and you set it free....Yes!!!

  20. Erich says:

    Very good of her, more active than I am, hate to admit

  21. she should have just worn a mask and did it and ran leaving behind people to wonder just who that masked person was...? Kingasabi

  22. Sheila says:

    She is a hero and the kind of human who will continue to make this a better world for good humans and the planet by looking out for all its sentient beings, regardless of the cost. This is what heroes do....they don't back down...they do the moral thing that improves the quality of life for all. Shame on those who put a trap that causes great pain to an animal. Animals are suffering at the hands of humans who have lost their way and see themselves as more valuable and important to the earth. It will be humans who destroy the planet. Everyday the animals lose a little more. Humans see them as something to eat, something to wear, something that is a nuisance to them, something that must be murdered for a great pic to post on facebook for their trophy hunt, for a competition of some sort that always makes them look "good". As an educator, I will tell my students about this woman and her friend who did the right thing for a young animal that impacted no one but the animal and the mother bear. Yet, she was arrested and put in jail to appease those who find it wrong to help animals when they need it. More and more animals are coming to houses where people live (foxes, coyotes, bears, cougars, lynx, raccoons, etc) looking for something to eat, a place to rest that is safe from forest fires, hunters in the forest, other predators because they instinctively know that humans will help in some way. It is a risk but they have been found in parts of the homes sleeping in a corner and when found, run away. Humans continue to exercise great caution in these circumstances but most don't turn a deaf ear or refuse to help They leave a water source and some food. We can live that way on this planet. We don't have to kill them, take them away from their families. The animal population is in great decline due to humans. We take their habitats for our large impressive homes and squeeze them to the edges. I and others truly respect this woman and man for what they did. My father, a very wealthy man before he passed away, did the same for animals. When he came across a man beating his dog. He stopped him by his quiet demand and when met with arrogance and profanity he told the man, "you are not leaving with the dog, you don't deserve him. Now you can give him to me or you can sell him to me but that is the only way that is going down". The man sold him to my dad for a reasonable amount of money. My dad told him, Now I own all the conoco service stations in this county. If I ever see you with another dog, I will take him from you too. You can't be trusted to treat them right. You have my word". I believe that we have too many humans who are dysfunctional and militantly stupid....they will kill, trash, and pollute this planet to being uninhabitable. Please stand behind the good needed humans and support then. They are all the animals and other life have.

  23. Nana says:

    as long as the bear was going to be released outside of the city. When they start coming into residential areas it becomes a problem for other animals and humans and for the bear!!! they depend on food that is found and become a used to humans ...if it hurts a human or someones pet then guess what happens..... i would sooner see the bear trapped this way and released than shot!

  24. Hero. Any responsible citizen should do likewise.

  25. Anonymous says:

    The person who set the trap should be put in jail. In fact, that person should be hanged. I'm sick to death of the protection given to scum in this country, especially scum who hurt and kill animals. Enough is enough. Time to clean house and send these people to prison. Or better yet, send them all to hell.

  26. StuRoss says:

    Well done young lady!

  27. Unknown says:

    That's total bull s***! The jerk that set the trap should be hung, we should protect our wildlife, not kill it. The law is totally blind to do this to people protecting wildlife

  28. Unknown says:

    This is so sick she should get a reward

  29. Anonymous says:

    Traps that harm or maim should be against the law...people that harm or maim animals need prison time...make the laws that benefit the animals not the humans! I thank this woman with all my heart, and I am ashamed of the judge who sentenced her.

  30. Anonymous says:

    You people are dumb as dirt. A simple google search would show you that a "culvert trap" is totally 100% humane! You all are crying like dopes because all you want to do is yell at the bad men trapping bears....THAT ARE ENGAGING WITH PEOPLE IN A CONDO COMPLEX! You know what happens when some kid tries to pet the baby bear, right? So, how do you bleeding hearts propose to relocate the bear and it's cub? Thoughts and Prayers? But of course none of you used your elementary reading skills beyond the title, before commenting did you? Riiiight.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=culvert+trap&client=firefox-b-1-d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiU3-bg_PTjAhWbPM0KHfdrCqkQ_AUIESgC&biw=2048&bih=1016&dpr=1.25

  31. Anonymous says:

    Traps that are painful and harm animals should be illegal and not in existence!!! Psychos who abuse or kill animals should be WIPED off the planet while their loser parents watch!! Then their parents should be fined and donate the money to animal organizations!! This world sucks because theres no justice for animals and theres too many scumbag animal abusers/killers who are allowed to get a slap on the hand when they should be killed! And the nice empathetic lady who frees the poor cub is the one who gets jail time and a fine??!! Thats fn backwards!! Theres way too many corrupt psychos and its disgusting!! This lady and the guy who helped her are heros and they shouldnt be in trouble!! This stupid world is so fkd up!!!!

  32. Dyan says:

    This is total bull crap.....good for her and the guy to free this poor animal....thank you!!! These traps should be outlawed!!

  33. JoRiz says:

    I am still sitting on the fence here, not sure if I understand everything that happened. Was the mother in the vicinity of this baby cub? That being said I can understand the dangers that Bears have when they start mingling with people it can get very dangerous and I can understand how this can hinder trying to control the bear population it's like what they do in Yellowstone national park you really can't feed the bears or you are going to cause hell later on...

  34. Anonymous says:

    But @JoRiz Yellowstone Nat'l Park traps them humanely in a live wagon type trap the bear gets up and in. They then fly them up high in the mountain away from the camp grounds. way different than what this group of trappers did - which was inhumane and the bear would of probably chewed its paw off or the mother would have and the baby would of died because of it.

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