Enshrining trapping in the Montana Constitution by changing only a couple words drew equal measures of support and opposition during a House Fish, Wildlife and Parks hearing on Tuesday in Helena.
Rep. Kirk Wagoner, HD75-Clancy
CASPER, Wyo. — Snare traps that killed three St. Bernard dogs belonging to the same Casper family were legal, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold a wolf trapping certification class at its regional headquarters in Bozeman on Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon.
BOISE, Idaho — Sixteen grizzlies have been captured so far this year by teams gathering information that will be used this fall to decide whether to propose lifting federal protections of the bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
JACKSON, Wyo. — Federal biologists will begin trapping and tagging grizzly bears in Grand Teton National Park this coming week.
Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch has given backers of an initiative to ban trapping on public lands approval to gather the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot.
JACKSON, Wyo. — Wildlife officials have cited two Alpine men for setting game traps that caught two pet dogs near Jackson last November.
MISSOULA — The demand for fur is on the rise and prices are booming, providing a windfall to Montana trappers who say their industry has hit a 30-year high.
JACKSON — A resident has put up warning signs to alert pet owners of the presence of traps on National Forest land near Jackson after two pet dogs were caught in a trapper's snare and leghold traps.
A nontrapper pet release workshop will be held on Oct. 2 from 6-7 p.m. at Fish, Wildlife & Parks' headquarters in Bozeman (1400 S. 19th Ave.).
HELENA — An anti-trapping organization is proposing a ballot initiative for 2014 that would ban animal trapping on public lands in Montana.
Biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team will conduct scientific grizzly bear research operations in Yellowstone National Park from June 3 through July 15 as part of the ongoing monitoring of grizzlies within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
JACKSON — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department plans to begin trapping wolves for scientific purposes in the Gros Ventre Mountains next week.
HELENA — Last week Deidre Casey took her three boys and their black Labrador over to play at the old kilns before heading over to the Dump Gulch trailhead on Mount Helena — where a pair of signs warn of trapping in the area.
Details of Montana's wolf hunting and trapping season, which ended with a total harvest of 225 wolves, were released by Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Monday.
HAMILTON — In the first year that wolf trapping was allowed in Idaho, trappers captured a total of 123 wolves.
MISSOULA — Three golden eagles caught in separate snare traps over the past few days have raised concerns among biologists who are racing to understand what’s causing the raptor’s migratory population to dwindle across the region.
State wildlife officials are seeking additional comment on a recent court-challenged decision to close the wolf hunting and trapping seasons in two areas north of Yellowstone National Park.
Montana wildlife officials have given up on a wolverine trapping season this winter, but want the state excluded from future federal protections for the elusive predators so trapping can be revived.
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