MINOT, N.D. — Minot officials are debating whether residents should be allowed to raise chickens and keep snakes.

The Daily News reports that one proposed ordinance would permit chickens within city limits. Proponents say larger cities like Fargo and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, allow backyard hens and there have been few complaints. Opponents are worried the chickens would attract feral cats, weasels, hawks and fox.

Another proposal would lift a ban on all snakes except those that are poisonous or dangerous, such as rattlesnakes, boa constrictors and pit vipers. Minot resident Merle Baisch argued against the idea and said if people want snakes they should move out of town.

The city’s animal ordinance committee recommended that the city council lift the ban on snakes. The group did not vote on the chicken proposal.

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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