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IA - Trapper gets jail time

Le Mars man gets jail for illegal trapping

Associated Press
May 12, 2008

LE MARS, Iowa - A Le Mars man will spend four months in jail for illegal trapping.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says James Urban was found guilty last Thursday of misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of furbearing animals. He was sentenced to 365 days in jail, with all but 120 days suspended. He also was fined over $1,000, assessed $8,000 in damages, forfeited about $18,000 worth of traps and equipment and had his license suspended until 2024.

The agency says Urban has had 12 prior trapping convictions dating back to 1989. He has had his trapping privileges suspended since 2002.

In the most recent case, Urban was accused of trapping illegally in Woodbury, Plymouth and Cherokee counties. Authorities searched his home in January and found trapping equipment and 40 raccoons and one badger.  

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