City of Duluth MN Legislative Code concerning Trapping


Date of review: 1/18/2015

Summary: Although the title of Chapter 6, Article VI includes the word "trapping," Chapter 6 no longer regulates trapping. Chapter 6 requires licensing of nuisance wildlife removal businesses. Chapter 35 prohibits trapping in public parks and golf courses.


  • Warning: no protection for pets from trapping, except in city parks and golf courses.
  • For example, no protection for dogs along the Superior Hiking Trail.

Chapter 6 - Animals and Fowl

Article VI. Cruelty to Animals; Trapping.

Does not mention trapping except in the title. It does not seem to prohibit hunting or trapping.

Sec. 6-52. Definitions.

For the purposes of this Chapter, the following words and phrases shall mean:

(a) Animal cruelty. Every act, omission, or neglect whereby unnecessary or unjustifiable pain, suffering, or death shall be caused or permitted including failure to provide proper drink, air, space, shelter (appropriate for type/breed), a clean, sanitary and safe living environment, veterinary care, exercise, appropriate grooming and food in sufficient quantity;

Section 6-53. Prohibited Acts.

Prohibits the "unjustifiable" injury or killing, deprivation, abandonment, or poisoning of any animal.

Article VIII. City license required for animal-related businesses.

Including Nuisance Wildlife Removal Businesses.

The facility must provide basic resources for living animals, basic sanitation, and be open to inspection by the City animal-control authority, police officers, and members of the public health department.

Chapter 35 - Parks and Recreation

Section 35-8. Prohibited activities.

Within any public park, no person shall:

a) Discharge any firearm, air gun, crossbow, bow and arrow, slingshot or other missile firing device, provided that the director of parks may, by written permit, authorize archery exhibitions and contests;

(b) Do any hunting or trapping or in any other manner disturb or injure or attempt to disturb ori njure any animal, including birds;

Sec. 35-25. Restrictions as to use of golf course.

No person on a golf course shall:

(g) Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill, trap, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles at any wild animal, reptile or bird on or adjacent to any golf course;