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This letter is addressing I-177. I feel the concerns I’m sharing with you are extremely important to the reputation of our great state of Montana.

Trapping with the use of steel-jaw leg hold traps is an ancient barbaric act that is considered recreational or commercial where the animal (many times not even the target animal) is caught and killed so that trappers can rip off the animal’s fur and sell it to the fur fashion industry. These trapped animals can be left lingering in traps and snares for several days and nights while exposed to extreme cold temperatures and left defenseless to attacks from other carnivores. I feel it is incredibly inhumane for any animal to endure that type of torture.

It is simply a no-brainer to me that traps should never be used on public lands where families and pets recreate. They are dangerous, brutal and because many traps are baited and can lure any animal in, they are indiscriminate and not an effective management tool.

Please vote for I-177 and help preserve Montana’s reputation for being a beautiful state to visit for its wonderful scenery and magnificent wildlife.

Renelle Braaten

Havre

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