Twin Falls bans set­ting cer­tain traps with­out per­mit or li­cense

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - NEWS - Times-news TWIN FALLS

Twin Falls res­i­dents now are banned from set­ting traps that are de­signed to in­jure or kill an an­i­mal.

The City Coun­cil last week unan­i­mously ap­proved an or­di­nance on the trap ban af­ter city of­fi­cials learned of in­ci­dents where res­i­dents have used sim­i­lar traps to harm or dis­pose of feral cats, the Times-news re­ported.

Res­i­dents will no longer be al­lowed to set a leghold trap, a conibear (body trap) or a snare trap — ex­cept with the re­quired li­cens­ing and per­mit­ting from Idaho Fish and Game, the or­di­nance says.

“While the traps may have their uses with Fish and Game for furbear­ers, they’re re­ally bad on do­mes­tic an­i­mals,” Code En­force­ment Co­or­di­na­tor Sean Stan­d­ley told the City Coun­cil.

Stan­d­ley called the traps “very in­hu­mane.”

Vi­o­la­tors of the new code will face an in­frac­tion and a $100 fine, plus $56.50 in court costs. Break­ing the code will be­come a mis­de­meanor if the city no­tices a pat­tern of abuse, Stan­d­ley said.

A cou­ple of weeks ago, Stan­d­ley said he dis­cov­ered that some­one had placed a trap out­side a fence in an al­ley­way. Stan­d­ley, con­cerned that some­one might step in it, dis­abled the trap and re­turned it to the owner.

He told the Times- News he’s no­ticed sev­eral conibear traps in al­leys, and it is a pub­lic safety con­cern.

“If a kid steps in those, they could break a leg,” he said.

And of­ten­times, traps don’t kill the an­i­mals but in­jure them be­yond help, Peo­ple for Pets Adop­tion Spe­cial­ist Chantell Ri­ley told the Times-news. The or­ga­ni­za­tion has had a few an­i­mals come in like that, and Ri­ley re­called a cat be­ing caught in a bear trap about three months ago.

Idaho Fish and Game re­quires a trap­ping li­cense and has dif­fer­ent sea­sons for fur-bear­ing an­i­mals such as muskrats, beavers, ot­ters, bob­cats, minks, martens, fish­ers and red fox.

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