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.
For grades and how other states compare: Born Free USA - STATE TRAPPING REPORT CARD
Lions, Bears. and Wolves.......Oh My!
But where is the science?
Montana 2018 Trapping Proposals
UPDATE: Wildlife Commissioner’s hearing Aug 9. FWP Headquarters - 1420 East 6th Avenue - Helena, MT. The public meeting begins at 830 with the furbearers final decisions scheduled to start around 1:00 after the lunch break.
275 comments were reportedly submitted to FWP for the Montana 2018/2019 furbearer proposals by the July 15, 2018 deadline. Well done!
About 15 of the comments were from trappers,11 of whom listed as Montana residents.
Although, again, not open for public comment, roughly 2 dozen organizations, 18 from Montana, representing conservatively tens of thousands, plus over 425 individuals, 87% being Montanans, signed on to a letter for 24 hour/daily trap checks from Zack Strong of NRDC that we helped circulate online. This is double the number gathered in a very short time last year.
Here are the 2018/2019 FWP Montana furbearer trapping proposals and our recommendations:
1. Proposal for Region 3: Decrease bobcat quota from 250 to 150.
Over 1500 bobcat were reported killed legally throughout Montana this past trapping season. Region 3, located in SW Montana, had a pattern, along with Regions 1 and 2 in western Montana of going over quota from 2010-2015. An additional 187 bobcats were reported killed! The usual response has been for FWP to increase the quota. Good to see the department is now taking some notice in Region 3.