Trap Free Montana

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization

Promoting education, modern day science, and non-lethal alternatives to trapping that foster responsible stewardship and respectful coexistence with wildlife.

The Truths in Trapping

  • Aside from the 48 known mountain lions reported to FWP as incidentally trapped in Montana in the last 2 years and despite the Montana Trapper's Association promoting the legal trapping of them, what else is happening to trapped mountain lions?

  • 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.
  • The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation FEDERAL WILDLIFE CONSERVATION STAMP PROJECT The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation (NAMWC) came about in response to activities such as trapping pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Today, trapping still remains contrary to the 7 focal points of the North American Model. For their own personal fun and profit, trappers continue to indiscriminately kill wildlife, most unaccounted for, and rob tax payers and the public. It is us, not even them, that pay for trappers to exploit wildlife, including protected species, for their personal gain.

  • A trapper tells all, or at least a lot, about the disturbing realities of trapping.

  • Literature Review on the Welfare Implications of Leghold Trap Use in Conservation and Research by American Veterinary Medical Association (PDF)

    image of coyote with paw in a trapped, which is bloodied

    Reproduced under Fair Use for educational purposes

  • Well done video on the hidden signs of trapping, types, methods, terminology, and what to look for.

    There is one significant inaccuracy ....conibear traps, designed as quick kill, on the ground even recessed in an enclosure are a DANGER. A small dog, even a large dog, reaching its head or snout in for the enticing bait on the other side will be crushed.

    In Montana, conibear traps, such as the large, 10" x 10" size, i.e. a 330, can be set on the ground, not enclosed in a container, if 1/3 or more are submerged in water. A dog will not survive these.

  • Trap alerts in Montana of reported traps and snares.

    Information on types of traps, signs of trapping and what to watch for, how to release pets from traps, and studies conducted on the efficiency and injuries from traps and snares.


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Trap Free Montana

PO Box 335

Hamilton, Montana 59840

Phone: 406-218-1170

Trap Free Montana

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