IL: Trapper kills a dog
Libertyville police claim jurisdiction in fatal trapping
December 6, 2008
By FRANK ABDERHOLDEN
The Libertyville Police Department is investigating why a nuisance
trapper set traps near residential areas in Gregg's Landing.
Mundelein resident Richard Poska was walking his dog, Rupert, at the
northern edge of Gregg's Landing when the dog ran into the woods and got
stuck in a Conibear trap. The trap killed the 55-pound Chinook in
Rupert was a therapy dog and part of the Fremont Public Library
Reading with Rover program Poska wondered what direction the police
investigation was taking with Vernon Hills when he was told that the
trap was set in Libertyville's jurisdiction.
A trapper was apparently hired to trap muskrat and skunk for White
Deer Run Golf Club and had put the trap not far from a walking trail
inside a bucket. There were no signs to warn people about the trap, and
Poska was afraid something worse could happen.
"What if it was a kid?" he said.
Libertyville Police Chief Pat Carey said his department will consult
with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to make sure the
trapper has a permit and was operating legally.
According to the IDNR, if a trapper has a permit he can trap on any
property with permission of the owner. While some traps were set up on
the golf course, apparently two were set up on Libertyville property
without permission from Libertyville.
Mayor Jeffrey Harger said if the trapper was trapping in the village,
then it is going to be an issue.
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