The trap that killed Lola was set legally, though recreators and trappers agree that it was set unethically, since it was too close to the trailhead.
State Rep. Andy Josephson wants to make it illegal to set traps within 200 feet of public trails, but he’s getting a lot of pushback from the trapping community.
Even though Judge Thomas Nave finds Kathleen Turley liable, he states John Forrest failed to prove his damages during the small claims case.
“I say bravo for the trapper. The state won’t do what’s right. He should do what’s right,” says Pete Buist, spokesman for the Alaska Trappers Association.
“I knew at the time that the eagle didn’t have a very good chance,” Kathleen Adair says.