Trapped animals are exposed to the elements, the bitter cold, risk frostbite, dehydration, unable to escape from potential predation, ie. other animals attacking and feeding on them. Trapped animals commonly suffer from mouth injuries and for some, tooth loss, as was the December 2018 case of the little lost dog trapped overnight in Helena. Animals bite at the trap to try to escape. Some eventually bite off or twist off their trapped paw. Trappers call it wring off
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
UPDATED with Wildlife Commissioner’s decisions below:
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.
Two wildlife advocates, the board presidents of Trap Free Montana Public Lands (TFMPL) and Wolves of the Rockies, attended the Aug 9 hearing and gave verbal comment, again.
During the August 9, 2018 Wildlife Commissioner’s furbearer decision meeting, TFMPL board president, KC York, advocated for the need for opportunities for all stakeholder participation. York raised the issue of wildlife advocates are set up to be more informed and reactive than provided the means to be proactive and involved in the actual furbearer trapping proposals to begin with. Chairman Vermillion agreed that ALL interested parties should be given advance notice and the opportunity to participate in the annual furbearer discussion and propositions with FWP.
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.