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Man pleads guilty to bobcat poaching in Northstate

By Mike Watson, Producer
Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:20:58 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 27 2014 09:42:18 AM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

A Sacramento County man has pleaded guilty to charges of commercial bobcat poaching.

Tracy Schultz, 57, was fined $5,000 and put on probation for one year.

Investigators with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife say Schultz set 50 traps around remote areas of Lassen and Modoc counties

A warden started investigating after receiving an anonymous tip in November 2012 that commercial bobcat traps were being set before the season opened. During the investigation the warden spent more than two months watching Schultz in a remote area of Lassen County.

In January 2013, search warrants were served in Sacramento and Modoc Counties. Wardens found 50 traps and 60 illegal furs from bobcats and gray foxes at the properties.

Schultz was required to forfeit the pelts which were valued at about $15,000.