PORT BYRON -- The village is considering new guidelines for hunters' traps, after a family's pet was killed in one.
Debra Holdampf of Port Byron asked the village board Monday, at its committee-of-the-whole meeting, to consider an ordinance addressing the types of traps that can be set within the city limits.
Ms. Holdampf said her family's dogs recently got loose from her fenced-in yard. One of the dogs later was found dead in a trap near the family's home.
She showed trustees pictures of the trap, which caught and suffocated what she described as a "medium-sized" dog.
"This seems like kind of an unnecessary trap to be within 100 yards of a home," she said. "This was our family pet. This was something we cared about."
While she's upset by her dog’s death, Ms. Holdampf said she's now concerned about who or what else might get caught in these traps -- which she said could be a danger to children.
Trustee Judy Van Paemel agreed with Ms. Holdampf's concerns. "Any trap that can take down a dog of that size has no business in the city limits," she said. "Personally, in the city limits, I would like to see nothing more than live traps."
The board also heard from Art Norris, a lifelong trapper, who said that while trapping is a part of the country's history and a good means of animal population control, it can be done without the use of large, more dangerous traps like the one that killed Ms. Holdampf's dog.
Mr. Norris suggested the village continue to allow smaller traps and other, less dangerous traps.
The board agreed to consider an ordinance addressing Ms. Holdampf's concerns and will discuss it further at its Monday meeting.
In other discussion, the mayor announced his appointments for the planning commission that is being formed. They include Duane Larson, Tom Farence, Rob Williams, Jay Van Paemel and Dennis Healy.
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