Admission of Guilt: Booby Trapper Targets Bikes, Snares Hiker

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A Montana man set up an “evil” booby trap made of wood and sharp nails to keep the bikers off a trail.

If you don’t want to share a trail with cycliststhat’s what not to do. Richard Joseph The 54-year-old Stratton pleaded guilty to the US District Court Thursday for setting up a booby trap to “keep bicycles out of the area.”

Located in the Bitterroot National Forest in Hamilton, Mont., The trail is legal and open to mountain bikers. In fact, it is one of the highest rated trails in the region after MTB project. (The trail is also open for hiking and horse riding.)

Bitterroot MTB TrailA bike path in the Bitterroot National Forest, Mont.

The plank was found in November 2019 by a man who stepped on it while walking the Coyote Coulee Trail with his family. the Missoulian reported. Witnesses described the piece of wood with 10 nails as “evil”.

It remains unclear how authorities found Stratton to bring him to justice.

Stratton pleaded guilty (after originally pleading not guilty) of placing a dangerous and harmful device on state, a Class A misdemeanor. The prosecution will recommend parole, according to U.S. Assistant District Attorney Ryan Weldon.

“The [sic] I had no intention of harming anyone, ”Stratton told the court.

Stratton is due to be convicted in March 2021. And this won’t be his first time in court. Stratton is also registered in Montana as a sexual and violent offender.

Use your words, not nails

This isn’t the first time people have been malicious targeted other trail usersnamely those on bicycles. cables, Nail traps and snares have become a scary hazard. And these “traps”, which are supposed to deter cyclists, are not only dangerous for them, but for everyone else on the way.

This is a reminder that etiquette doesn’t just give in to others and say hello. We didn’t think we had to say that, but etiquette includes it too Do not shootto hurt or otherwise hurt others along the way.

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