New Jersey animal rights activist, 50, who freed a bear from a trap is JAILED ...

New Jersey animal rights activist, 50, who freed a bear from a trap is JAILED for 15 days but plans to appeal because she made a 'moral decision' so 'he could run back to his mother' Catherine McCartney, 50, plans to appeal the sentence that was handed down to her on Tuesday by Municipal Court Judge James Devine  The Vernon, New Jersey, woman was sentenced to 15 days in jail  McCartney was arrested at bear hunt protests in 2016, 2017 and 2018 - which is why she was given the time in jail McCartney and 43-year-old Mark Nagelhout were both given three summons in October  They had helped a bear cub escape a culvert trap at the Great Gorge Village condominium complex Both McCartney and the Park Ridge resident pled guilty to obstructing the administration of law and prevention of lawful taking of wildlife.     

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Published: 05:19 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 05:19 GMT, 1 March 2019

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Catherine McCartney, 50, plans to appeal the sentence that was handed down to her on Tuesday by Municipal Court Judge James Devine

Catherine McCartney, 50, plans to appeal the sentence that was handed down to her on Tuesday by Municipal Court Judge James Devine

An animal rights activist who pled guilty to freeing a bear from a New Jersey trap has been sentenced to 15 days in jail.

Catherine McCartney, 50, plans to appeal the sentence that was handed down to her on Tuesday by Municipal Court Judge James Devine. 

'These animals are innocent and so I made the moral decision to let the bear go so he could run back to his mother, and it was the right thing to do,' the Vernon resident said in a statement obtained by NJ.com.  

Because of previous convictions - McCartney was arrested at bear hunt protests in 2016, 2017 and 2018 - she was given the time behind bars.

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