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