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Dec. 28 2018 - BEWARE-RIVERFRONT PARK Lolo Montana

We received notice that according to FWP, someone is setting traps in Riverfront Park in Lolo and one dog has already gotten hurt. Whoever set them removed them before anyone could get identifying info on them. The FWP has an active investigation going. Please be mindful of your dogs while in the park! If you have any info, please contact the FWP immediately! Region 2 (406) 542-5500 or
call Tip-Mont 1-800-847-6668. You can remain anonymous.

TFMPL provides these public safety notices and appreciates you being our eyes and ears. Whenever possible take photos. You can private message us, call, or email. We will protect your identity. Tampering with or removing another's traps and snares is illegal in Montana.

#StopTrapping #ProtectWildlife #SafePublicLands

Dec. 3 2018 - A missing terrier mix was recently caught in a leghold trap in Helena's Scratchgravel Hills.

In her attempt to escape the trap and the overnight bitter cold, she lost two teeth biting at the trap. She is lucky she was found by her owner and survived! Otherwise, legally she could have been trapped for days, even weeks, unable to get home, before the trapper bothered to return.

If your dog is missing please be sure to contact your local FWP office to see if a trapper reported trapping your dog. We encourage you to leave your dog's description and contact information for the FWP personnel.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks
Region 1 (Kalispell)(406) 752-5501
Region 2 (Missoula)(406) 542-5500
Region 3 (Bozeman)(406) 994-4042
Region 4 (Great Falls)(406) 454-5840
Region 5 (Billings)(406) 247-2940
Region 6 (Glasgow)(406) 228-3700
Region 7 (Miles City)(406) 234-0900
Note trappers are now required to report trapped dogs, other than their own, to FWP within 24 hours. However, they do not have to assist the dog, contact the owner, or turn the dog in. They can simply let it go. We have no required trap check interval in Montana, other than sets for wolves must be checked every 48 hours and also for bobcat trap sets in designated lynx protection zones. Therefore, your missing dog or cat can be trapped for days, even weeks, legally, before even the trapper knows it. Petowners are not required to report the trapping of their pet. We know some never do and others simply never make it on the report. No record is kept and no reporting is required for cats that are trapped in Montana.

To learn more visit our affiliate: Trap Free Montana - Truths in Trapping - Incidental Trapped Dogs Reports

We hope this poor girl recovers and heals well. It is always the pets and the owners that incur this cost of trapping, emotionally and financially.

Please continue to advise us of trap alerts in Montana so that we can provide this public service. We will respect your privacy and maintain your confidentiality.

  • Nov. 2018 - Bonner's Ferry near the Montana and Idaho border
  • Along with the cold, comes more and more trapping, friends!

    We just got word a missing dog was found caught in a trap in a nearby field. The dog was missing for hours and is in pain but alive. Thankfully someone became alerted and responded to the dog's barks.

    The longer an animal is caught in a trap the greater the damage. We have NO required trap check time period in Montana. The exceptions are traps set for wolves require 48 hr trap checks and those set for bobcat in designated lynx protection zones. Otherwise, trapped animals can remain so legally for days, weeks, until the trapper bothers to return.

    This dog was trapped around Bonner's Ferry near the Montana and Idaho border.

    We hope the dog will be okay.

    Please continue to alert us of any known trappings so we can alert the public. Names will remain confidential.

    Thank you. Be safe, aware and diligent. Traps and snares are secreted, unmarked and attractants such as food or scented lures are used. Your missing pet just may not be able to come back home.

  • Feb. 2016 - Flathead National Forest
  • Round Meadow Cross Country Ski Area
    Someone recently posted several wolf-trap warning signs at the entrance to the Round Meadow XC-ski area (Flathead NF), which is heavily used by local dog walkers.
  • Feb. 13 2016 - Missoula
    The trap was found behind the apartments at the end of the Pullman Court cul-de-sac.
  • Jan. 24 2016  - Tin Cup area of the Bitterroot.
    A trapper and representative of Montana Trappers Association contacted us and claims as a result of our public safety concerns and warnings with our TRAP ALERTS that he will be setting two dozen "wolf traps" in the Tin Cup area of the Bitterroot.
  • Jan. 23 2016 - Bitterroots
    Between Bass Creek and Kootenai Creek, above Ruffatto's ranch lands and where there is also a block management hunting area. It is also an area where snares have been found before as well. The trap was no longer here and they had dragged whatever they killed out. "I followed drag marks to this site after my dogs keyed in to it and went crazy. It was heavily scented and reeked of fox urine. Deer hair was at the base of a tree near a black string that was probably used to tie on bait. The entire area was completely dug up and two large holes made by whatever suffered to death there."
  • Jan. 15 2016 - Brackett Creek area in the Bridgers north of Bozeman
    Trapping suspected. Skinned out animal thought to be a coyote found by the trailhead off forest service road on the west side of Bridger Canyon road.
  • Jan 2016 - Westside Ninemile Rd., Alberton, MT
    Wolf trap sets near
    4-5 ground set traps, 100 ft. off Peters Ridge Rd. and Trail Creek Rd. These roads are East of Kalispell on the Flathead National Forest. Trap sets have CD discs hanging for visual attractant which would be for Bobcat to lure them with their curiosity. Homemade covey set of 2"x4"'s and chicken wire, with 12" x 12" +/- opening. Scented with skunk lure. Photos below
    Over the past several years, a dog and its owner have encountered a trapline along the steep rocky ridge just north of Haskill Pass (48.165281/-114.745749 approx. coordinates). The line consists of 4 or 5 log cubby sets, with scented bait ("I don’t know the trap type, however, since I discovered them after the end of the trapping season in early Spring"). Also note that this trap line is not on public lands, rather, on Plum Creek lands. Note: A dog was recently reported trapped in the area.
  • Dec 18, 2015 - DRUMMOND by Ghost Town
    Large dog caught in snare while accompanied with owner. Luckily released unharmed. Reported to authorities and traps and snares apparently have been removed.
    Dog caught in leghold for 3 days. Broke off several teeth trying to free herself from leghold trap. Very swollen paw. Reunited with owner.
  • Oct.9 2015 - Traps on Sheep Creek and Continental Divide Trail, South, on the popular hiking trail off Hwy 87. Madison Valley.

ground set traps - with CD discs hanging for visual attractant which would be for Bobcat to lure them with their curiosity.FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST

Montana's furbearer trapping season begins Nov 1 for some species, Dec 1 for others and Dec 15 for wolves. The legal trapping of furbearers closes between Feb 15 and April 15, depending on the species. Beaver are open to trapping Nov 1-Apr 15 in western and south western districts and Sept 1- May 31 for central and eastern districts in Montana. However, TRAPPING IS LEGAL YEAR ROUND in Montana for species classified as predators and nongame. With cooler weather, animals are developing their beautiful life sustaining winter coats........which is what trapping is all about, getting the prettiest and best furs possible. Please continue to keep us informed of areas trapped so we can warn others. Whenever possible take and send us pictures and be as descriptive as possible. Tampering of traps is illegal. We will respect your privacy. Email info@tfmpl.org

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