New Jersey Activist Gets Jail Term for Harassing Hunters- (09/05)
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A New Jersey woman and three other anti-hunting activists were sentenced on August 31 for obstructing two bear hunters during the 2005 New Jersey bear hunting season.



Angie Metler of Vernon, New Jersey was sentenced to 40 days in jail and ordered to pay a $300 fine. Her accomplices, Albert Kazemian, Theresa Fritzges and Janet Piszar were also ordered to pay similar fines. Kazemian incurred additional fines for resisting arrest.



Metler and the other activists were arrested after they repeatedly harassed two hunters, William Devine and Jon White. The hunters reported the harassment to Wawayanda State Park officer Walter Sanford, who accompanied the hunters into the woods on the day of the arrest.



Recently, the activists dropped charges they had filed against Devine and White in order to gain favor with the prosecution. The activists claimed the hunters menaced them by pointing a gun at them during the confrontation.



The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance provided legal advice and aid to Devine and White in defending themselves against the activists’ baseless claims.





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