While walking her dogs through Versailles State Park one unseasonably warm afternoon in December 2011, Melodie Liddle heard her 9-year-old beagle, Copper, yelping after becoming caught in a hidden raccoon trap.
Though Liddle worked frantically to free her dog, she was unsuccessful, and Copper died while still caught in the trap. She later learned that park security officer Harry Bloom had been verbally authorized to set the trap as part of a Department of Natural Resources effort to reduce the raccoon population.
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