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

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.)

  • 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

  • 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.

    • 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. 

Get in touch

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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