SPARKS — A Fernley man has been cited for illegally baiting and placing an animal trap that snared a cat along the Truckee River in east Sparks.
Officers with the Nevada Department of Wildlife describe 29 — year — old Christopher Iveson as a "rookie" trapper who was remorseful when told of his violations.
Iveson was cited for setting a leghold trap within 30 feet of exposed bait and 200 feet of a roadway.
Authorities said the cat was lured Sunday by an open can of tuna. Once snared, the animal had nowhere to go but in the water.
Someone called Washoe County Regional Animal Services, who took the cat to the Nevada Humane Society. Officials there say the feline was traumatized and cold but is doing better and will not lose its leg.