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Letter: Town should ban trapping, a cruel, outdated practice

Town should ban trapping, a cruel, outdated practice

I read The News article about efforts to ban trapping on Grand Island town property. I would surmise that most people living on or visiting Grand Island would rather spend their time enjoying its beautiful natural areas and watching wildlife instead of worrying about where traps are or watching an unfortunate animal victim suffering in one.

Surveys show that wildlife watching is an ever-increasing pastime. However, I’ve read that New York State trapping license sales went down about 40 percent in one recent year.

The Grand Island trapper’s statements in The News differed from what I learned at last summer’s trappers’ convention in Hamburg. While he hasn’t caught pets in his traps, evidently plenty of other folks using their traps have.

A vendor at the convention appeared very busy selling a tool to release dogs caught in traps. More than one table had publications addressing the issue of trapped dogs.

Expert trappers discussed trappers’ victims missing a foot and provided disturbing ways trapped animals eventually died. They explained how to anchor chains on leghold traps to prevent struggling coyotes from escaping with a trap on their foot.

I’ve seen visual proof on many websites of injuries pets have sustained in traps. They also reveal the injuries trapped hawks, owls and eagles have suffered.

Studies show that random killing of animals such as coyotes can cause an increase in populations. Grand Island residents could benefit from using methods that allow them to co-exist peacefully with wildlife and supporting the trapping ban.

Valerie Will

Orchard Park