Bourbon County

Man faces felony charges for allegedly putting hunting traps in a public park

Gregory Tyra admitted to setting the traps, police said.
Gregory Tyra admitted to setting the traps, police said.

A Mount Sterling man who police say illegally set hunting traps in a Paris public park, resulting in the death of a pet dog, is now facing two felony charges in connection with the incident.

A Bourbon District Court judge issued an arrest warrant for Gregory Tyra, 42, charging him with first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree criminal mischief, according to a news release issued Monday by the Paris Police Department.

Tyra was arrested on the warrant by the Montgomery County Sheriffs Office.

He had been arrested earlier this month on an unrelated charge of carrying a concealed deadly weapon, because police said he had a gun in his truck.

Police said that a dog died after it became caught in a trap in Garrard Park while being walked earlier this month. Officers found more traps along a creek bank, then saw a man later identified as Tyra get out of a truck and check the traps.

Police have said Tyra told them he has traps in three counties, including 70 in Bourbon County, but he would not tell them where they were.

The traps in Garrard Park were removed, and no other traps were found in other public parks.