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Police say man put hunting traps in park

Police found the man they say is responsible for setting traps in a public park, 42-year-old Gregory Tyra. People who go to Garrard Park are afraid he could have left more traps behind. Jessika Turner lives near the park and said, "it's a pretty horrible thing. I feel sorry for the woman who lost her dog."

"Why somebody would think it's okay to put a huge trap that could kill an animal or a human being possibly in a recreational area, I just don't understand why somebody would think that's an okay idea" said Turner.

Paris Police had to help free a dead dog from one of the traps near a creek bank Thursday afternoon. They started searching the surrounding area and found three more traps. Fish and Wildlife officers say they've recovered eight traps in all.

Investigators started watching the park to figure out who set them, and the next morning they found Tyra. "Male subject came by in a pickup truck who had traps in the back of his truck," said Paris Police Chief Kevin Sutton.

Chief Sutton says his officers arrested Tyra for carrying a concealed deadly weapon. Fish and Wildlife officials say Tyra didn't have permission to put the traps at the park, and he will face charges for violating that rule as well.

"It was one of these things especially in a public park it really made no sense" said Chief Sutton. "Even though it's winter there's still people as we saw yesterday that walk their dogs, use the park, and it's something that could have caused some serious physical injury to a child or an adult."

The owner of Sophie, the dog killed, says she's outraged Tyra isn't facing further charges. Fish and Wildlife tells 27 NEWSFIRST the investigation in still ongoing and more charges could be coming.

Paris police say Tyra has been charged for similar animal trapping cases in the past.


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