Trap Free Montana

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization

Promoting education, the best available 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 of 50,000 wild animals are trapped and killed and an average of anywhere from 25-50 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.


  • 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

    Short Videos on how to release a pet from a leghold/foothold trap and from a conibear trap.
  • 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.


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Trap Free Montana

PO Box 335

Hamilton, Montana 59840

Phone: 406-218-1170

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