RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada assemblyman faces four misdemeanor counts of illegal trapping in what he describes as a long-running dispute with state wildlife officials.

Republican assemblyman Ira Hansen of Sparks is accused of placing traps just off State Route 722 in Churchill County in early November.

State law bans traps within 200 feet of a roadway. Trapping critics say traps close to roads pose a danger to domestic animals and people.

Hansen contends he was within his rights because he was using snare traps. He says the roadside ban only covers steel traps.

The lawmaker calls the charges part of a “vendetta” against him over his fight for the department’s public records.

Department spokesman Edwin Lyngar tells the Reno Gazette-Journal Hansen’s claims of unequal treatment are “utter nonsense.”


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