We, Trap Free Montana Public Lands (TFMPL), are NOT doing a ballot initiative this year.
Identity Confusion: To be clear, Trap Free Montana Public Lands is NOT conducting or participating in an initiative for the 2016 ballot. A similarly named ballot initiative committee has led to some public confusion. Our continued, all volunteer, focused efforts exposing and addressing the many wrongs with trapping in Montana helps further the cause overall.
Our Montana outdoor lifestyle and presence of public lands is a major draw for residents, small businesses and the visitors who come primarily to view wildlife. Our public lands comprise roughly only 1/3 of Montana. Contrarily, and unknown to many, lies the hidden indiscriminate destruction from legal year round trapping resulting in a reported average minimum of 60,000 wild animals are trapped and killed and an average of 50 dogs are trapped annually in Montana.
1. Trapping takes an enormous toll on riparian ecology by especially targeting beaver. This means less water and less riparian habitat for all species (humans, songbirds, ungulates, fish, etc.)
Q: Who are we and what is the purpose?
A: We are Montanans, law abiding, tax paying residents of Montana. We are not Footloose Montana. They are not "our parent organization." We are a coalition of wildlife supporters hikers, anglers, hunters, wildlife watchers, ranchers, pet owners and outdoor enthusiasts. We are volunteers, have no paid staff and work other full time jobs.
- Hunting is strictly regulated and hunters are generally penalized for shooting the wrong species. Hunters have a season, wear orange, have a bag limit, are not allowed to bait animals.
- Hunters are not permitted to leave their guns set unattended ready to shoot. In Montana it is illegal to leave a fishing pole unattended. A trapper can set and leave as many traps and snares as they chose. Trappers tell FWP they set 50,000 traps.