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ADOPTED CITY ORDINANCE PROHIBITS HUNTING, TRAPPING

By Jolene Craig

WILLIAMSTOWN - An ordinance on hunting and trapping in Williamstown was adopted by city council Tuesday night.

The ordinance prohibiting hunting and trapping in the city passed unanimously following the second reading.

A problem with trapping in the wetlands was brought to council's attention during the Dec. 21 council meeting when Jim Crawford, Williamstown resident and owner of wetlands property, said he witnessed two individuals in the wetlands with traps for beaver living in the waters. He said he knew the individuals killed at least one beaver in the private wetlands.

When Blaine Myers, city attorney, wrote the ordinance he discovered Williamstown did not have laws prohibiting hunting and assumed council would want to ban that as well, he said.

The ordinance did not pass on the first reading during the Jan. 4 council meeting because Councilman Marty Seufer asked for an amendment to the original ordinance stating permission to trap in the city must come from the police chief.

"This prohibits hunting unless permission is presented, in writing, by the chief of police," said Mayor Jean Ford.


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