Le Mars man gets jail for illegal trapping
May 12, 2008
LE MARS, Iowa - A Le Mars man will spend four months in jail for
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says James Urban was found
guilty last Thursday of misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of
furbearing animals. He was sentenced to 365 days in jail, with all but
120 days suspended. He also was fined over $1,000, assessed $8,000 in
damages, forfeited about $18,000 worth of traps and equipment and had
his license suspended until 2024.
The agency says Urban has had 12 prior trapping convictions dating
back to 1989. He has had his trapping privileges suspended since 2002.
In the most recent case, Urban was accused of trapping illegally in
Woodbury, Plymouth and Cherokee counties. Authorities searched his home
in January and found trapping equipment and 40 raccoons and one badger.
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