The days of trapping are over. It’s now time to preserve Montana’s wildlife.
Chuck Jonkel, renown wildlife biologist and former trapper
Our public lands are just that, PUBLIC lands and therefore every citizen has as much right to use those lands in relative safety without fear of traps and snares strewn across the landscape waiting for unsuspecting victims.
Steve Clevidence, 7th generation Montana rancher
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 45,000 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: Is this initiative a total ban of trapping?
A: This initiative prohibits recreational trapping only on one-third of the state, Montana’s public lands, while trapping on private land, two-thirds of the state, can continue. Also this initiative allows trapping on public lands for science, health and safety, and falconry.
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