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IL: Trapper kills a dog

Libertyville police claim jurisdiction in fatal trapping

December 6, 2008
By FRANK ABDERHOLDEN [email protected] 

The Libertyville Police Department is investigating why a nuisance trapper set traps near residential areas in Gregg's Landing.

Mundelein resident Richard Poska was walking his dog, Rupert, at the northern edge of Gregg's Landing when the dog ran into the woods and got stuck in a Conibear trap. The trap killed the 55-pound Chinook in minutes.

Rupert was a therapy dog and part of the Fremont Public Library Reading with Rover program Poska wondered what direction the police investigation was taking with Vernon Hills when he was told that the trap was set in Libertyville's jurisdiction.

A trapper was apparently hired to trap muskrat and skunk for White Deer Run Golf Club and had put the trap not far from a walking trail inside a bucket. There were no signs to warn people about the trap, and Poska was afraid something worse could happen.

"What if it was a kid?" he said.

Libertyville Police Chief Pat Carey said his department will consult with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to make sure the trapper has a permit and was operating legally.

According to the IDNR, if a trapper has a permit he can trap on any property with permission of the owner. While some traps were set up on the golf course, apparently two were set up on Libertyville property without permission from Libertyville.

Mayor Jeffrey Harger said if the trapper was trapping in the village, then it is going to be an issue.  

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