End of trapping in Montana?
The tyranny of animal rights activist groups is at it again, this time in Montana. With the help of deep-pocketed donors, a Montana animal rights group called Footloose Montana has successfully received over 24,000 signatures for their anti-trapping ballot.
Ballot I-177, if successful would eliminate all trapping on Montana’s public land by the public! For landowners who have depredation issues, this ballot would make lethal methods to resolve depredation illegal. Only until they have proven that for 30 days nonlegal methods have not succeeded can they use lethal methods on their land!
We’re seeing this attack in every state out West, with animal rights activist groups dictating how states should manage their successful wildlife management practices.
It’s all about the Wolf
Trappers in Montana Account for 39% of wolves harvested and of those trapped 43% trapped are on public lands. Depredation on private property from wolves, cougars, bears, foxes, raccoons, skunks ect., would be relocated to other areas within the state on public land exacerbating depredation on big game herds in Montana.
Without Montana trappers increased predator populations will devastate big game, upland game, and waterfowl throughout the state, not to mention hundreds of millions in damages to farmers, ranchers, and local economies throughout Montana.
Montana Trappers Association
Had a chance to talk with our friend Toby Walrath, President of Montana Trappers Association about this ballot.
Toby commented that this ballot is the fourth attempt by this animal rights group Footloose Montana outlawing trapping in Montana. I asked how they succeed this time? Toby responded “ Well, the first three ballot attempts failed to gather enough Montana signatures, so they used a paid signature-gathering outfit from Texas who paid signature gatherers $10 an hour. And not only did gathers get $10 an hour but they got bonuses for exceptional gathering ability…In all Footloose Montana spent $60,000 in signature gatherers collecting enough signatures over the 24,000 thresholds of 25,037 to put this on this year’s ballot.”
Toby mentioned that animal rights groups nationwide are starting their media propaganda targeting Montana citizens to vote yes on Ballot I-177.
Let’s all help Montana by sending this to friends and family living in Montana to vote no on Ballot I-177 this November!!!
From Toby Walrath about I-177:
The fact is that Animal Rights activists are pushing their agenda onto Montanans. I-177 is bad for wildlife, costly for cattle and sheep ranchers, bad for taxpayers, and even dangerous for pets and people. With so much public land in Montana it seems unreasonable to think that there isn’t enough room for everybody to share the landscape. There are many reasons to oppose I-177 but here are a few key points to know about I-177:
I-177 would ban one of the most effective and essential methods for controlling wolves, coyotes, and other predators to protect Montana’s elk, moose and deer populations, as well as livestock.
I-177 will cost at least $422,000 in taxpayer money every year for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to do the same things that trappers currently buy a license to do at no cost.
Roughly 40% of all wolves harvested in Montana are taken by regulated trapping with nearly half taken on public lands. Imagine the wolf population without trapping!
I-177 is being pushed by the animal rights and anti-hunting lobby whose real agenda is to ban all trapping and all hunting.
I-177 is opposed by Montana’s major sportsmen’s organizations, cattle and sheep ranchers and wildlife management professionals.
I-177 would not allow any trapping until after damage or even a tragedy has occurred, and even then, not until non-lethal methods have been tried and documented to be unsuccessful for 30 days. Meanwhile, dangerous predator populations will continue to grow unchecked.As a hunter, trapper and angler in Montana I don’t want to see unnecessary infringements on our outdoor heritage. A real threat to our outdoor legacy is happening and if there was ever a time to stand together, that time is now. The effort will be enormous but we must work together to preserve Montana’s outdoor legacy.Thank you for your support, ,
Toby L. Walrath
President Montana Trappers Association, Hunter, Angler, Trapper
To learn more about Ballot initiative I-177… Click here
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