Trap Free Montana Public Lands, Inc. (TFMPL) is a nonprofit, all volunteer, coalition of wildlife supporters.
TFMPL mission is to achieve trapping reform and trap free Montana public lands by advocating for ethics, modern day science, responsible stewardship of our wildlife and public lands.
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.)
Montana Received D- Grade for Trapping Regulations: : Montana has one of the worst grades in the nation for trapping reform while killing over 192,000 known REPORTED animals from 2011-2014 and trapping over 100 dogs per FWP reports. Nationwide grades were awarded based on prohibiting body-crushing traps and snares for recreation or commerce in fur, requiring trapper education, requiring trappers report the number of animals they kill, maintaining records of non-target animals trapped, having a minimal required trap check time of 24 hours. Grades also include positive marks for prohibiting trapping of bobcats and otters, both vulnerable to over-exploitation. Montana scraped by a failing grade by requiring traps are affixed with the owner's identity.
For grades and how other states compare: Born Free USA - STATE TRAPPING REPORT CARD
- 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 chose. Trappers tell FWP they set 50,000 traps.