Questions & Reasons to Oppose Trapping
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 (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.
- Hunting is 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.
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Trap Free Montana
PO Box 335
Hamilton, Montana 59840