“The changes to Idaho and Montana state law will drive populations below these minimum thresholds, and strip state agencies of their already limited capacity to maintain populations above these levels,” the petition says.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a measure that could lead to killing 90% of the state's 1,500 wolves.
FWP has said the written warning issued to Gov. Greg Gianforte for not taking a required class is the typical approach.
The bill has drawn controversy since it first came in 2019 with opponents believing it stretches across ethical lines and effectively institutes a bounty.
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte said he should have known about a state-mandated certification class before trapping a wolf near Gardiner last month.
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte received a warning from wildlife officials after killing a radio-collared wolf near Yellowstone National Park without first taking a mandated trapper education course — a violation of state hunting regulations, officials said Tuesday.
Bills to make trapper education mandatory have been debated for 14 years but never made it through the Legislature.
The bill would allow hunters with disabilities to, with a doctor’s determination, purchase a $10 crossbow permit and hunt during the archery season.
Currently, trappers are only allowed to use foothold traps to capture wolves, although snares may be legally used for other species that are trapped.
A decade after Montana resumed state management of wolves, including hunting and trapping seasons, management and legislation continues to be controversial.
After multiple attempts in past legislative sessions, Montana lawmakers are again considering whether to make trapper education mandatory.
While trappers and reform advocates can agree that some change is needed, the devil is in the details.
“Setback” rules, requiring trappers to place traps a certain distance away on roads closed to motorized use, are the subject of a new effort from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool.
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman came home to an unwanted guest at her front door.
The Montana Senate voted down a bill Monday that would have allowed private reimbursement to wolf trappers.
Montana lawmakers debated this week whether a reimbursement program for wolf trappers constituted a “bounty” on the animals.
Supporters of a bill mandating daily trap checks testified that the bill would reduce suffering of captured animals and promote public safety while opponents argued the legislation is counterproductive and is a veiled attempt at banning trapping.
Montana lawmakers will consider about a dozen bills in the coming weeks that could shape the future of wolf management and trapping in the state.
Worker rights, missing and murdered indigenous women, health care, access to firearms and climate change highlighted the annual Women’s Rally for Democracy in Helena on Saturday.