Should Montana ban trapping on public lands?

Apr 7, 2014

Opponents of trapping hope to get enough signatures to get Initiative 169 - which would ban trapping on public lands - on the November ballot.
    The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department reports there are between 5000 and 6000 trapping licenses sold annually. In 2012 those trappers caught 67,000 furbearers - everything from beaver to wolverine. They also, unintentionally, caught an occasional dog, and other non-targeted animals. 

l to r: Toby Walrath, president of the Montana Trappers Association, and Tom Gignoux of the anti-trapping group "Trap Free Montana Public Lands"
Credit Sally Mauk

In this feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Tom Gignoux of the group "Trap Free Montana Public Lands", which is sponsoring the initiative - and Toby Walrath who is president of the Montana Trappers Association.    Walrath is also the author of a book on trapping called "Wild Pride Montana: A Trapper's Journey".