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.

Trap Alerts

Photo of - Trap alert - warnings - Montana Trap Free public lands

  • Nov. 2017 - Stevensville, Montana
  • Ambrose Saddle. We are not sure of the type of traps being used. The trapping season has not yet opened for all species.
  • Feb. 2016 - Flathead National Forest
  • Round Meadow Cross Country Ski Area
    Someone recently posted several wolf-trap warning signs at the entrance to the Round Meadow XC-ski area (Flathead NF), which is heavily used by local dog walkers.
  • Feb. 13 2016 - Missoula
    The trap was found behind the apartments at the end of the Pullman Court cul-de-sac.
  • Jan. 24 2016  - Tin Cup area of the Bitterroot.
    A trapper and representative of Montana Trappers Association contacted us and claims as a result of our public safety concerns and warnings with our TRAP ALERTS that he will be setting two dozen "wolf traps" in the Tin Cup area of the Bitterroot.
  • Jan. 23 2016 - Bitterroots
    Between Bass Creek and Kootenai Creek, above Ruffatto's ranch lands and where there is also a block management hunting area. It is also an area where snares have been found before as well. The trap was no longer here and they had dragged whatever they killed out. "I followed drag marks to this site after my dogs keyed in to it and went crazy. It was heavily scented and reeked of fox urine. Deer hair was at the base of a tree near a black string that was probably used to tie on bait. The entire area was completely dug up and two large holes made by whatever suffered to death there."
  • Jan. 15 2016 - Brackett Creek area in the Bridgers north of Bozeman
    Trapping suspected. Skinned out animal thought to be a coyote found by the trailhead off forest service road on the west side of Bridger Canyon road.
  • Jan 2016 - Westside Ninemile Rd., Alberton, MT
    Wolf trap sets near
    4-5 ground set traps, 100 ft. off Peters Ridge Rd. and Trail Creek Rd. These roads are East of Kalispell on the Flathead National Forest. Trap sets have CD discs hanging for visual attractant which would be for Bobcat to lure them with their curiosity. Homemade covey set of 2"x4"'s and chicken wire, with 12" x 12" +/- opening. Scented with skunk lure. Photos below
    Over the past several years, a dog and its owner have encountered a trapline along the steep rocky ridge just north of Haskill Pass (48.165281/-114.745749 approx. coordinates). The line consists of 4 or 5 log cubby sets, with scented bait ("I don’t know the trap type, however, since I discovered them after the end of the trapping season in early Spring"). Also note that this trap line is not on public lands, rather, on Plum Creek lands. Note: A dog was recently reported trapped in the area.
  • Dec 18, 2015 - DRUMMOND by Ghost Town
    Large dog caught in snare while accompanied with owner. Luckily released unharmed. Reported to authorities and traps and snares apparently have been removed.
    Dog caught in leghold for 3 days. Broke off several teeth trying to free herself from leghold trap. Very swollen paw. Reunited with owner.
  • Oct.9 2015 - Traps on Sheep Creek and Continental Divide Trail, South, on the popular hiking trail off Hwy 87. Madison Valley.

ground set traps - with CD discs hanging for visual attractant which would be for Bobcat to lure them with their curiosity.FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST

Montana's furbearer trapping season begins Nov 1 for some species, Dec 1 for others and Dec 15 for wolves. The legal trapping of furbearers closes between Feb 15 and April 15, depending on the species. Beaver are open to trapping Nov 1-Apr 15 in western and south western districts and Sept 1- May 31 for central and eastern districts in Montana. However, TRAPPING IS LEGAL YEAR ROUND in Montana for species classified as predators and nongame. With cooler weather, animals are developing their beautiful life sustaining winter coats........which is what trapping is all about, getting the prettiest and best furs possible. Please continue to keep us informed of areas trapped so we can warn others. Whenever possible take and send us pictures and be as descriptive as possible. Tampering of traps is illegal. We will respect your privacy. Email

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Hamilton, Montana 59840

Phone: 406-218-1170

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