Sport trapping proposed law prompts public discussion

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — Grand Island lawmakers leave residents taking sides after a proposed trapping law is drafted by the town board. Several residents came out Monday night for the second public hearing on sport trapping.

The proposed law looks to prohibit sport trapping on public land unless it’s to stop a nuisance. It allows trapping on town land as long as it is done legally and a permit is issued by the board. The word nuisance was added to the proposed law Friday and many residents supported the new language.

Those who trap for recreational ask the question, how does the board know there’s a nuisance to issue the permit?

Several residents spoke at Monday’s meeting and said trapping has never caused any accidents while others said its inhumane.

Officials said the proposal is not a pro or anti trapping law, it’s more of a compromise for the people on the island.

“I do everything legal I went through the town this summer for three weeks, I was meeting with people asking them is this legal? Yeah, this is completely legal, they say, you’re doing everything through the books perfectly. I go trapping, three weeks later I get canceled because one person has an issue, how does that work,” said Josh Shipman, Grand Island resident.

“There’s nothing that gets hurt in traps. That’s contradictory as to what I grew up as, what my brother did when my dog was caught in a trap and had to be destroyed. All in all the animal suffers it suffers for an hour or days and I’m surprised more people aren’t worried about the inhumane actions period,” said Nancy Knox, Grand Island resident.

The town board hasn’t taken any action on this law yet. The board is expected to take an official vote at a later date. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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