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
UPDATE: On August 10, 2017, the Montana Wildlife Commissioners voted in favor of FWP and the trappers.
Lions, Bears. and Wolves.......Oh My!
But where is the science?
Update March 19, 2018
Just over a week ago, we didn't know if Bear would pull through or if it would be deemed best for Bear to try and see.
Look how far Bear, this poor abandoned terrified kitty found in a leghold trap in the city of Great Falls, Montana, has come in just less than a week after his amputation! When found, he was in pretty bad shape and just so fearful of people.
Bear has discovered that there are good people, those that will help and not hurt him anymore. Clearly, he is loving it!
His case is now under investigation by the Great Falls city police. According to Sgt. Wells, "There are several possible laws that could pertain to the case, including animal cruelty and setting a trap in the city limits." His case might be rare but not the first in the city. Also, where there is one trap, you can count on it that there are more.
TFMPL is offering funds that exceed Bear's medical costs as a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of his trapper. Otherwise, the additional funds will be held for future trapped victims in need of financial aid for medical care.
To all our wonderful supporters that contributed to us to cover Bear's medical costs, you are a very big part of this once tragic but now increasingly positive story!
Keep up the good progress, Bear! When you are all healed, that extra special home for you is sure to be found!