Town of Highlands, NY
Orange County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Highlands 12-13-1983 by L.L. No. 1-1983. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animals — See Ch. 72.

§ 190-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public safety and welfare and it is not meant to constitute regulation and control of wildlife except as trapping of such wildlife affects public safety.

§ 190-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BUILDING
Any structure with four walls and a roof.
TAG
Any metal or waterproof paper bearing the operators name, address and telephone number or any of the foregoing.
TRAP
Any box with a body hold trap contained therein or any spring hold, figure four, or box wire or cage trap excluding only:
A. 
Standard mouse traps measuring approximately four inches by 13/4 inches;
B. 
Standard rat traps measuring approximately 65/8 inches by 31/4 inches; and
C. 
Have-a-Heart style traps used to trap animals alive without injury.
TRAPPING
Taking, killing and capturing wildlife with traps, deadfalls and other devices, commonly used to take wildlife, or shooting or killing of wildlife lawfully trapped. This definition shall include all lesser acts such as placing, setting or staking such traps, deadfalls and other devices whether they result in taking or not, and in every attempt to take and every act of assistance to any other person in taking or attempting to take wildlife with traps, deadfalls or other devices.

§ 190-3 Regulations for setting traps.

A. 
Unless authorized by permit as set forth below, no person shall set or cause to be set, or assist in setting any traps as defined herein within 500 feet of any building, playground, ball field or recreation area or within 300 feet of any road.
B. 
No trap shall be set for the taking of any animal unless said trap is tagged with the operator's name, address and telephone number as set forth in § 11-1109 of the Environmental Conservation Law.

§ 190-4 Permits.

A. 
Any person may apply to the Town Clerk on his own behalf or on the behalf of any organization for a permit to set a trap or traps by completing an application which shall specify:
(1) 
The location of any trap and the name of the property owner on which the trap is to be placed.
(2) 
The state trapping license number of the applicant.
(3) 
The purpose and location of the traps proposed.
B. 
Such traps shall be tagged as prescribed in § 11-1105, Subdivision 1, of the Environmental Conservation Law.
C. 
The Chief of Police shall review each application to ascertain whether the proposed trapping will create an undue hazard considering the location, purpose, type of trap and type of animal to be trapped. If the Chief of Police determines that trapping pursuant to the application may be conducted consistent with the adequate protection of the public health, safety and welfare, and that the application is in compliance with this chapter, then the Clerk shall issue a permit.

§ 190-5 Penalties for offenses. [1]

Any violations of any provision of this chapter shall constitute an offense punishable, upon conviction, by a fine of not more than $250, or by imprisonment not to exceed 15 days, or both.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).