Rapid City Officials Consider Ban On Animal Trapping

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Officials in Rapid City are considering the possibility of banning animal trapping within city limits.

The Rapid City Journal reports the community’s Parks Advisory Board has instructed employees to begin the drafting process for an ordinance that would ban trapping, except in situations when the public or property are at risk, such as a beaver dam plugging up a creek or rabid animals in the area.

An incident in November revealed that trapping is not regulated in Rapid City. That month, a resident reported to state game officials that he had seeing some active animal traps along Rapid Creek. State conservation officers tracked down the trapper and determined that he was acting legally.

The Parks Advisory Board has raised concerns about the danger traps posed to pets, children and fishermen.

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