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GFP commissioners propose trapping changes

PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks commissioners are looking at two changes to trapping rules, including one that would prohibit the use of live mammals and live birds for trapping.

The other proposed change would require trap stakes and other equipment to be removed from public road rights of ways and public lands by May 1 of each year.

The commission also proposed that the August take for Canada geese be changed to start the third Saturday and run through the end of the month.

Commissioners don't plan changes to several other seasons, including archery antelope, beaver, muskrat, skunk, opossum, jackrabbit, fox, raccoon, mink, weasel and badger.

The proposals are on the agency's website and will be finalized June 5-6 in Yankton.