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Grand Island to hold second hearing on trapping

Grand Island residents will have an opportunity to express their thoughts on sport trapping on town-owned land during a second public hearing on the topic Monday evening.

The hearing will start at 8 p.m., and will be held in the upstairs courtroom at Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road. A previous public hearing on the subject was held on March 7.

Trapping first became an issue in the town in late October after residents Nicole Gerber and Dave Reilly discovered coyote traps three feet from their property line. The traps were located next to paths where they walk their dogs were legally set by a Grand Island teenager.

Thirty people spoke at the hearing on March 7.

A proposed law drafted by the Town Board looks to prohibit trapping within the boundaries of a town park, but permits trapping on town land, as long as it is legally done and a permit has been issued by the board.