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Activist group overreaching with proposed trapping ban

2014-04-16T00:00:00Z 2014-04-16T09:47:11Z Activist group overreaching with proposed trapping ban The Billings Gazette
April 16, 2014 12:00 am

It seems like there is always some special interest group trying to impose their limited set of values on all the people of Montana. As I write this, an animal activists group is attempting to ban trapping on nearly 30 million acres of public land.

I have been a trapper for over 50 years. I do everything I can to make sure my trapping is safe, effective, ethical and targeted. I make sure my traps are well off trails used by others. We need to be able to all share our public lands and put them to use for our individual interests. The trapping education course offered by the Montana Trapper Association teaches how to share the landscape with non-trappers. It does not seem like too much to ask for other folks to do the same in return.

I do not try to force my sense of morals or beliefs onto others and I believe folks should return the consideration. I hope you will join me in opposing I-169 to ensure that I can pass on our Montana trapping heritage, just as previous generations did for me.

Robert Sheppard

Ovando

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