2 charged with baiting bears

CRIME WATCH

October 26, 2006

Two Jessup men have been charged with baiting black bears - with cookies and cake- while hunting this week on private property in Garrett County, Maryland Natural Resources Police said yesterday.

Kendall T. Hayden, 51, and Frederick C. Wieland Jr., 42, were issued citations about 10:30 a.m. Monday in Oakland for hunting black bears with bait after police received an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen, Sgt. Ken Turner of the Natural Resources Police said in a news release.

When officers arrived in the area off Cranesville Road near the Youghiogheny Mountain Resort, they observed Hayden hunting from a tree stand over a baited area covered in cookies and cakes, the release said. The baited area was approximately 40 by 50 feet and 30 to 40 yards from the stand.

The maximum penalty is $1,500 for a first-time offender.

Hayden's firearm was seized as evidence, and he was also cited for failing to wear a daylight fluorescent orange vest.

A trial is set for January 18, 2007 in Garrett County District Court.

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