Trap Free Montana, Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization.
Our mission is to promote education, modern day science, and non-lethal alternatives to trapping that foster responsible stewardship and respectful coexistence with wildlife.
We partner with our affiliate, Trap Free Montana Public Lands, Inc., a nonprofit organization that advocates for trapping reform and trap free public lands.
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: Trap Free Montana (TFM) is supported by hikers, anglers, hunters, wildlife watchers, scientists, educators, ranchers, pet owners and outdoor enthusiasts all sharing a common denominator as wildlife supporters. We value wildlife, all wildlife and the science supporting their role in the ecosystem. We promote preventative and nonlethal methods to reduce conflicts with wildlife and facilitate respectful coexistence with the incredible and valuable wildlife in Montana. In contrast, we provide the facts and expose the secreted truths into the hidden disturbing realm of trapping and the horrendous toll it takes. We are the 501-c3 affiliate of Trap Free Montana Public Lands, Inc. (TFMPL). Originally, TFMPL formed as a ballot issue committee at the end of 2013 and conducted a ballot initiative to achieve trap free Montana public lands for the 2014 ballot. Although the public was notably enthusiastically supportive, not enough signatures were gathered for the ballot in the several months that were available once the initiative was finally underway. TFMPL continues working for trapping reform by increasing public awareness, collaborating, and utilizing political and legislative influence and processes from the facts and education that Trap Free Montana provides.
- 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.