Exposing the truths in trapping & promoting ethics, modern science & responsible stewardship for trapping reform.

The Truths in 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.)

  • The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation FEDERAL WILDLIFE CONSERVATION STAMP PROJECT 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.

  • Literature Review on the Welfare Implications of Leghold Trap Use in Conservation and Research by American Veterinary Medical Association (PDF)

    image of coyote with paw in a trapped, which is bloodied

    Reproduced under Fair Use for educational purposes

  • Well done video on the hidden signs of trapping, types, methods, terminology, and what to look for.

    There is one significant inaccuracy ....conibear traps, designed as quick kill, on the ground even recessed in an enclosure are a DANGER. A small dog, even a large dog, reaching its head or snout in for the enticing bait on the other side will be crushed.

    In Montana, conibear traps, such as the large, 10" x 10" size, i.e. a 330, can be set on the ground, not enclosed in a container, if 1/3 or more are submerged in water. A dog will not survive these.

  • 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

  • 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

    • Feb. 2016 - Flathead National Forest
    • Round Meadow Cross Country Ski Area


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Trap Free Montana Public Lands (TFMPL)
PO Box 1347
Hamilton, Montana 59840

Phone: 406-218-1170



Trap Free Montana Public Lands


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