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Public lands are down to roughly one-third of Montana. For $20, a trapper can buy a license and set an unlimited, unmarked trapline on public land, endangering anyone in their path including endangered species and companion animals. Fish Wildlife and Parks has admitted they do not have the staff to regulate trapping, including setbacks from roads and trails. The victims of the trap could linger for days until they die of dehydration, exhaustion, predators, strangulation or the trapper, whenever they discover their victim. Unlike hunting, the victim, Montana's wildlife, then gets sold to market. For $20, trappers are selling our wildlife to the highest bidder often out of the country.

I-177 would restrict commercial and recreational trapping. FWP would still be able to trap when necessary on public land, and would mark where those traps are for our safety. Private land would remain unaffected.

Montana Trap-Free Public Lands Initiative is a grassroots effort which is funded primarily by Montanans. The Montana Trappers Association and their PAC have received large amounts of money from out-of-state lobbying organizations, more than one-third of their reported income. Only 5 percent of donations to I-177 come from other states.

Trapping for predators and nongame wildlife happens year-round, furbearer season starts Nov. 1, let's make it end on Nov. 8.

Jennifer Nitz

West Yellowstone

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