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Urban hunter held for beavercide

Latvian State Police said October 17 they had arrested an illegal beaver hunter operating withing Riga city limits.

The beaver-slayer got a taste of his own medicine when he was ambushed by law enforcement officers after illegally setting traps in the Bikernieki suburb which had brought an untimely end to the unfortunate rodents - a protected species - as well as posing a threat to pets and other wildlife.  

The detainee is a man born in 1986, a local resident. Not only was he playing the trapper's trade within city limits but he lacked a hunting license.

Police seized his traps and will be bringing a case against him. Police also said anyone spotting other wannabe great white hunters plying their trade, they can be reported by calling 110.

Beavers are not the only wild animals with a presence even in Latvia's major metropolis. Wild boar have also made their presence felt in recent months.  


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