Trapper sentenced to 120 days "in custody" for shooting coyote legally trapped
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The owner of an Inland wildlife trapping company has been sentenced to 120 days in custody after he repeatedly shot a coyote he had caught at a Fontana golf course, San Bernardino Superior Court records show.
Lowell Arthur Miller pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge on July 12 and was sentenced on Aug. 2 to serve his term on weekends in the Sheriff’s Department’s work release program at Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center.
The Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley said it received a report in March 2020 along with a video that showed a man using a pellet gun to shoot a coyote multiple times in the head over the course of two minutes while it was in a trap. That man was identified as Miller.
Miller’s Lowell Wildlife Removal had been contracted by Sierra Lakes Golf Club to rid the course of coyotes, but the club was not aware of Miller’s tactics, a news release from the Humane Society said. Sierra Lakes immediately stopped using Miller’s company, the release said, and found other means to attempt to keep coyotes away from the club.
Miller initially pleaded not guilty to a felony charge before entering the no-contest plea.
Phone and email messages were left for Miller on Wednesday afternoon seeking comment.
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