While we love wolves and other wildlife, many of us feel stymied by our inability to protect them. Soon we will have an opportunity to do our part to greatly limit trapping in the beautiful state of Montana.
Trap Free Montana Public Lands (TFMPL) is spearheading a citizen driven ballot initiative to end recreational trapping on public lands. This is a new movement, and one that must move quickly. 25,000 qualified signatures from across the state are needed by June so this initiative can appear on the ballot in November of this year.
What can you do? If you live in Montana it’s easy. Once the final approval process is complete, you can help gather signatures. But don’t worry, everyone can participate. Go to TFMPL’s excellent website. There you will see exactly how to get involved. If nothing else, send a few bucks to support this worthy endeavor.
The TFMPL website reports that at least 45,000 wild animals and about 50 dogs are trapped each year in Montana. Hidden, inconspicuous traps are baited, luring animals in. Trapping often captures non-target species. An endangered wolverine was killed in a trap in Idaho last week. Eagles, lynx, fisher and other rare animals are also captured. Of course, family pets suffer as well.
We must do our best to end the archaic practice of trapping. No one can deny the cruelty of this practice. And the safety of those of us who want to enjoy our public lands is threatened by traps. For these and many other reasons, let’s support Trap Free Montana Public Lands!
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