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Why I support Trap Free Montana Public Lands Ballot Initiative:

As recorded in the latest harvest reports, 2009 and 2010, 11,241 beavers were reported trapped and killed in Montana. There are no quotas or required reporting and the actual number is unknown. I do know when out hiking on public lands, I no longer see beaver lodges or dams.

Beavers are an inexpensive, ideal solution to an increasing problem to the droughts we are experiencing. Beaver dams help create ponds for birds and wildlife and infuse much needed fresh water into wetlands and aquifers.

The significant disappearance of beavers took place just a few decades after the Lewis and Clark expedition and, with the demand for their pelts in foreign markets at an all time high for this critically valuable species, there is nothing to stop this from happening once again.

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We need beavers on our Montana public lands. Alive, beavers benefit many, dead only a few.

Mary Sarumi

Great Falls

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