A Pendelton County man has pleaded no contest to a charge that he illegally trapped a black bear last October.

The Department of Natural Resources has charged Eugene Varner after a bear was discovered by a hunter.

DNR Officer Greg Chambers said the investigation revealed that Varner had made the trap and baited it to attract the animal.

The bear survived and was set free.

The 46-year-old Sugar Grove man was fined $1,000 and court costs.

He also faces the possible loss of his hunting and fishing licenses for the next two years.

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