Anchorage Assembly passes amended trapping ordinance

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The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday passed a revised version of an ordinance that changes areas where trapping is allowed in the municipality, creating "buffer zones" near trails in hopes of keeping hikers and pets safe from unmarked traps.

The ordinance was introduced last month.Dog owners and trappers have been divided on the issue, but both have said they do not want to tread on the rights of others.

The new law, AO 2019-50, makes it illegal for anyone to knowingly or negligently place a trap or attempt to place a trap in prohibited trapping zones. After two work sessions, Assembly members created a substitute to the originally proposed version to include new language to clarify the trails included under the ordinance.

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