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

  • 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.

  • 2016

    March 25, 2016 - Loa, Wayne County, Utah

  • Non-Target Wildlife Captured in Wolf Traps Reported to FWP, 2012-2015

    Graph of Non-Target Wildlife Captured in Wolf and non Wolf Traps Reported to FWP 2012-2015


    Non-Target Wildlife Captured in Wolf Traps Reported to FWP, 2012-2015

  • Three main types of traps. The conibear, top left. Leghold or Foothold traps, on right and center. Snare, which is a wired cable on bottom.

    Photo of traps - conibear, Leghold or Foothold and Snare,  which is a wired cable.

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

    VISIT: Our sister affiliate, Trap Free Montana Public Lands, for reported encounters with traps/snares on our public lands.

  • Accidentally Trapped Dog Reports According to FWP, 2012-2015

    To help try to find your missing dog, contact your regional Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks headquarters regarding trapped dogs.

    • 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 choose. Trappers tell FWP they set 50,000 traps. 
  • Alleged poacher bragged about trapping bobcats, raccoons

    August 3, 2018, Oregon

    A Culver man who bragged about poaching bobcats, raccoons and a skunk on his social media accounts was recently arrested in connection with multiple hunting and trapping violations.


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Trap Free Montana

PO Box 335

Hamilton, Montana 59840

Phone: 406-218-1170

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