Three golden eagles caught in separate snare traps over the past few days have raised concerns among biologists who are racing to understand what’s causing the raptor’s migratory population to dwindle across the region.

The Montana Raptor Conservation Center in Bozeman posted an image of one injured eagle on its Facebook page. The bird arrived at the center tangled in what remained of a wire snare.

Of the three trapped eagles, it was the only one to survive. Whoever found the raptor cut the snare, but left the bird to wander with the cable embedded in its wing and shoulder.

“It started pretty much last Thursday when we received the first eagle dead on arrival,” said Becky Kean of the Bozeman center. “We got the second one in Friday and it’s still with us. The third one had to be euthanized at the trap.”

Kean said one of the birds was caught in a snare trap near Ringling. The other two traps were set near Big Timber. The surviving eagle is scheduled for surgery Tuesday to mend wounds left by the snare.

“That cable dug in pretty deep,” Kean said. “We usually see four trapped eagles a year, but they’re usually leg-hold traps. This is the first we’ve seen of snares, and there have been three of them now.”

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Biologist Rob Domenech, founder and president of the Raptor View Research Center in Missoula, said it wasn’t the first time golden eagles have been caught in traps.

Yet losing three birds to snare traps in such short order has raised concerns among biologists, who are working across the region to understand why migratory golden eagles are declining in number.

“One of the trapped birds was a bird we put a satellite transmitter on in October 2010 at Nora Ridge off Flesher Pass,” Domenech said. “We were tracking her, and it was the third year of us following her.”

By tracking the bird, Domenech and his team learned that the eagle summered in the Brooks Range of Alaska before heading south for Montana each winter.

It traveled to the Paradise Valley and the Gardiner area, and was fond of the Bridger and Big Belt mountains. Losing the bird to a snare was a setback for the study, both scientifically and emotionally.

“We’ve become attached to these birds on some level, and this one had given us a ton of information in terms of migration routes and the size of wintering grounds,” said Domenech. “Now she’s given us information on a cause of mortality. It’s not a happy ending, but it is data for our research.”

Tom Barnes, president of the Montana Trappers Association, declined to comment Monday on the separate incidents until he learned how the eagles were snared and where the traps were placed.

Barnes did say that Montana has rules in place to minimize the accidental trapping of non-target animals. The rules cover where snare traps are placed and how much bait can be used.

“There are restrictions on how they (traps) can be set for exposed bait,” Barnes said. “I have no idea how these (traps) were set. Without finding out what happened, I don’t feel comfortable commenting on it.”

Biologists have been working to understand more about golden eagles and what’s killing them. When transmitters stop working, Domenech said, scientists typically find the birds dead.

He said the causes nearly always stem from human factors, including electrocution, poisoning, car collisions and accidental trapping.

“In all the years we’ve been doing this, I don’t recall any time where we’ve had three incidences with eagles in snares in as many days,” he said. “That throws up a red flag that there’s something else going on out there.”

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Golden eagles may be facing a new threat in the West, where energy development is advancing at a rapid pace. While the birds have adapted to coexist in a human-dominated environment, there are limits to their ability to change.

Steve Hoffman, executive director of the Montana Audubon Society in Helena, started the Bridger Raptor Migration Project in 1991 with a focus on golden eagles. The group’s 21 years of data has shown a marked decline in the population.

“We’ve seen a 40 to 50 percent decline since 1999,” said Hoffman. “That’s across all the life stages of the eagle. It’s a great concern for all of us.”

Like others in the field, Hoffman attributes the decline to a number of factors. Among them, he’s focused on the loss of quality habitat and the abundance of prey – primarily the availability of jackrabbits on the sagebrush steppes of Montana and Wyoming.

“That’s where we’re seeing a huge expansion of energy development,” Hoffman said. “Golden eagles are one of the most adaptable, widespread raptors on the North American continent. The environment has to change very rapidly for them to have problems.”

To ramp up their study of golden eagles and understand their declining numbers, biologists have issued a call for information – a challenge to the scientific community to study the birds and do it fast.

Domenech and his team are now tagging more golden eagles in a cooperative study taking place on a Bitterroot Valley ranch. Many of the birds that migrate south for winter won’t make it home, and biologists want to know what’s killing them during their southern forays.

“The transmitters are part of greater mortality study,” Domenech said. “We’re trying to get as much information on golden eagles and causes of mortality. It’ll give us a better idea of what’s taking these birds out.”

Reporter Martin Kidston can be reached at 523-5260, martin.kidston@missoulian.com or @martinkidston.

Reporter Martin Kidston can be reached at 523-5260, or at martin.kidston@missoulian.com.

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Bittersweet

Gulio....Your claim that one thousand Golden Eagles were killed in one year on a single short stretch of highway is absurd and the fact that this information is only available to paying customers is laughable. 1000 Golden Eagles? In one year? Really? And this atrocity that would be extremely significant to so many people has been hidden from the public? WHY???? Absolutely no references to it on the internet unless you cough up some money or go on a scavenger hunt in Zootown? You should have just admitted that initially you "accidentally misrepresented" the information you believed to be true and bowed out gracefully while the getting was good.

Gulio
Gulio

LOL you are crazy lady! Wait I dont KNOW that you are female. That is sound data Bitterrsweet if you only took the time to research it YOUSELF! Sorry you are so unbelievable inept as to not be capable of doing some very simple fact checking. Yeah, your're are just one of those "looney tunes!" :)

Bittersweet
Bittersweet

And a beautiful lady I am. Unfortunately for you. I am not a gullable one. 1000 Golden Eagles killed by vehicles in one year on one short stretch of Wyoming highway and your claim is only confirmable if you pay money. Why in the World would these researches hide this information from the public? Any thoughts on that? Again, your claim is simply laughable to anyone with a grain of common sense. This must be a conspiracy. 1000 Golden Eagles slaughtered in one spot and it is swept under the rug....well, that is unless you write a check to a group that apparently doesn't care enough about the raptors to let this information go public. You truly are amusing. Love ~ "Crazy :Lady" *wink wink*

Gulio
Gulio

Sad but true about the approx. 1,000 road-killed eagles. I thought it was a typo when I first saw it, but later confirmed its frighteningly true. While it is fact that the particular piece of information we argue is not readily availibale on the web, it is available. Previews are free, but like a field guide,book or magazine, they need to cover publishing costs etc. The real issue here is it did happen and unfortunately (for the eagles) my friend this is the tip-of-the-iceberg, when we consider human-causes for golden eagle mortalities. You say this is "laughable." Well, I suppose it is, if you want to hide behind a veil of ignorance and assumptions, believing only what you want to based on your own abstract version of reality.

Gadfly
Gadfly

Pictures say a lot

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=531409630226534&set=a.176414835726017.42757.118401838193984&type=1&ref=nf

sallymander
sallymander

I can see the older wind turbines that spin fast chopping birds up but with the modern huge ones that turn much, much slower it seems like they could easily navigate around them.

Bittersweet
Bittersweet

Not true. Hundreds of thousands of birds are being killed by brand new wind turbines every year. One wind farm in California accounts for an average of over 70 Golden Eagle deaths annually. A few things to consider.....Birds are not used to things moving so much up in the sky. They may appear to be slow moving but you have to remember these props are huge. "Tip" speed at the end of each prop is often measured at over 125 MPH so if you think an Eagle has a hard time escaping the path of a vehicle @ 60 MPH you can only imagine what they deal with up in their airspace. Another problem is the ideal spot for Wind Farms is quite often the same winds many of these birds (including eagles) follow on their migrations, skirting mountain ranges and following air currents. Feel free to look up some photos of some of the larger windfarms in the states then imaging an Eagle being the Frog on the Frogger video game trying to cross the street.

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Please, please, please check out this video. You will see what you think is a harmless "slow moving" turbine kill a beautiful large bird as it soars in circles between the props. very sad.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwVz5hdAMGU

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Gulio
Gulio

While it is true wind farms kill thousands of birds annually. The wind farm you reference (Altamont) is not a "brand new" and was built in the 1980s! BTW maximum turbine speed at the tip of the prop for these large windmills is 180 mph, not 125mph. The eagles cannot judge the looming effect, much like deer often misjudge the apporach of an on-coming vehicle. Furthermore, the ground squirrles and other prey species that live in and around these farms are desensitized to the "strobe" effect of the turbine shadows. This makes hunting much easier for the raptors and of course, much more dangerous.

Bittersweet
Bittersweet

I am aware the maximum turbine speed at tip can be much higher which is why I said it "is often measured at over 125 mph" Thats likely bottom end but I didn't want to imply I was exaggerating and think I made my point to sallymander they are far from slow moving. I am aware of the reference to Altamont. It was simply an example and likely one of the first places this problem really came to light. You know as well as I even though there is an attempt to make changes in design and location this is still a huge, huge problem today and it is most certain to get worse as more of these things pop up. Dozens of dozens of Eagles are still killed each year at Altamont and no one is really certain how many thousands are killed elsewhere. I used the term "brand new" as sallymander is thinking of the old fashioned smaller windmills that spinned so fast they are a blur, used to pump water, generate power etc. I meant to emphasize that these are not those types and they are still killing birds. I agree hundreds of thousands of other bird deaths are human caused each year...including by vehicles. Your statement caught me off gaurd and if you look at it from my prospective I hope you can see why I doubted it. (huge # of eagles, very small area, no information readily available without really digging in) It just seems to me thats a tidbit that would have received more attention. Was the reference recent or decades ago? With that said the point I was trying to make was it is probably unlikely incidental trapping is causing the Golden Eagle population to possibly decline yet that is what the article seemed to imply. There have been less and less snares/traps set over the last half century. I think the thing with the turbines is an unnaceptable portion of the mortalities are the very same slow reproducing raptors we can not afford to loose.

Gadfly
Gadfly

A big problem with hunters and trappers and ranchers and yokels is that seem to only see man as a sentient being. There is even a disconnect between them and their canine pets which are 98-99% gray wolf. Would they shoot, torture, kill Fido, trap or otherwise abuse. Many would I guess because unless it is outlawed, they send dogs chasing lions, and against wolves. Maybe they are something less than a sentient being?

Gadfly
Gadfly

Yes wind turbines are a problem we should deal with and thousands of birds crash into window covered buildings and thousands/millions of birds/animals die on our highways and we can and should do more about all of this, solutions are available, a lot of it just structural engineering; but back to the trapping issue:

Trapping is cruel even if done legally, even if it is a tradition, even if seen as a management tool. Traps are cruel. It should be banned for the public, allowed as necessary for wildlife officials who use it vastly too much with a pervasive kill attitude of their own. Why should animals suffer for private economic gain on fur sales or to artificially farm (boost) elk herds (elk farming)? In the USA over 4 million animals are trapped each year for “sport” and millions more for “management” and millions more as collateral damage. Hunters worldwide kill over 100 million animals. USDA Wildlife Services sees killing animals, for control or management, as their mission.

Bittersweet
Bittersweet

I can not disagree many other factors are responsible for the deaths of Golden Eagles, unfortunately initial information suggests certain species of birds (including Golden Eagles) are dying in turbines that aren't the same species that are smashing into your living room picture window. It's additional deaths and a high number of them for some of the more fragile species including this one. In all, if Golden Eagle numbers are declining look to other things besides incidental trapping as there have likely been less and less traps/snares set over the last several decades. I would suggest diverting your time and energy into addressing an issue that may make a substantial difference. Trapping of Eagles is simply a scapegoat.

Gadfly
Gadfly

It is not a scapegoat, trapping and hunting millions of animals to death is a problem in and of itself, not minimize other major problems of how man lives it effects on wildlife.

Bittersweet
Bittersweet

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), “With more than 100,000 turbines expected to be in operation in the United States by 2030, annual bird mortality rates alone (now estimated by the Service at 440,000 per year) are expected to exceed one million each year.”

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A large number of those deaths are expected to be species with fragile populations such as Bald and Golden Eagles, Whooping Cranes and many migratory birds as well as millions of Bats annually.

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My point is it appears a small number of Golden Eagles may have died at the hands of a trapper. I'm very sorry for that but it made front page and many of you are in an uproar about it while totally ignoring a much greater threat to our population of Golden Eagles.

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Why not have a large full color photograph of a pair of adult Golden Eagles with broken wings and ruffled feathers blowing in the cold Central Montana wind as they ley lifeless on the prairie at the base of a 300 foot bird blender? It's not just the wind turbines. There are many other factors related to development that may be causing an increase in Golden Eagle mortality, again, trapping is likely not one of them yet that is the one that was picked to be in the spotlight.

richardr11
richardr11

these traps and snared need to be immediately destroyed.

OldBow
OldBow

Another example of war against Montana's Wildlife from "who cares"? trappers.

reality check 4 you
reality check 4 you

Amen!

miner
miner

Trappers care, They care about killing and get their kicks that way. Trapping should be banned immediately.

sallymander
sallymander

You can bet for every three eagles reported trapped that there are at least ten that go unreported or dead bodies never found.

walter12
walter12

You leftists always want to ban things that you do not like and do not want other people to like or to use. You want to tell everyone what to do and are hypocrites. Well, here is finally something that you should ban and that should be banned, traps.

lakeguy406
lakeguy406

Trapping must be abolished ! I am steaming mad from these needless deaths. If this continues, i will offer a course in " How to trap a trapper". Just about had enough.

rajaju
rajaju

Just shootem like they do in Wash good americans right Deaths of 4 bald eagles near Granite Falls investigated
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Bittersweet

“There are species of birds that are getting killed by wind turbines that do not get killed by autos, windows or buildings,” says Shawn Smallwood, an ecologist who has worked extensively in Altamont Pass, California, notorious for its expansive wind farms and raptor deaths. Smallwood has found that Altamont blades slay an average of 65 golden eagles a year2. “We could lose eagles in this country if we keep on doing this,”

Bittersweet
Bittersweet

Are wind turbines the same "indiscriminate killer of wild animals" as many claim traps are? I would venture to say most certainly yes. Don't get me wrong. I love the "wind power" idea, but when it is killing wildlife do not sugar coat it or point fingers in another direction. Trust me, look into this Martin. Make a few phone calls. You will be surprised.

specialagentmulder
specialagentmulder

Wait. You're comparing wind farms to trappers? Let's compare the impact of natural gas drilling in Wyoming (and the impact it has on fresh water needed for migratory fowl) and wind farms. hmmmm....

Bittersweet
Bittersweet

“The troubling issue with wind development is that we're seeing a growing number of birds of conservation concern being killed by wind turbines,” says Albert Manville, a biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Arlington, Virginia..............."

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Bittersweet

".....wind power has a disproportionate effect on certain species that are already struggling for survival, such as the precarious US population of golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos canadensis)."

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http://www.nature.com/news/the-trouble-with-turbines-an-ill-wind-1.10849

hellgatenights
hellgatenights

Domenech and the rest of the stooges were careful NOT to mention the PRIMARY cause of increasing mortality for the eagles........yea, ANSWER is "WIND FARMS"...........correct answer is "WIND FARMS."

These ugly, subsidized, non-profitable giant props dice up eagles like a juicy tomato.

Nice work girls.......but I know your ways. Liars.

Bittersweet
Bittersweet

Interesting that I am not the only one who has found many carcasses of several different birds of prey near the bases of these things. Did snares kill some? Very likely or positively yes. Is that why numbers appear to be declining? I'm guessing no. (guessing) Less and less snares are set each year so to look in another direction for answers is highly recommended. I am curious as to why/how larger birds may be killed in these props. It's a mystery still to me but based on what I have observed it might be something to look in to.

raptor53
raptor53

totally agree ! add migrating bats, song birds to the list of wind farm carnage. But the new Jesus, Obama, has a great love affair with this "Green" industry. They ruin the landscape, kill wildlife, dont work when there is no wind, and require subsidy to develop because their isnt any profit otherwise. It's another welfare industry. Alternative energy ? LOL
Non-target species by trappers pales in comparison, if you can contain your emotions and use some logic & rational thinking and investigate the facts.

specialagentmulder
specialagentmulder

ruin the landscape? i spent years in gillette, wyoming drilling natural gas. talk about DESTROYING the landscape and every drop of fresh water available for migratory fowl. let's face it, man destroys earth in his quest for energy. let's just try to use less and find low impact ways to get what we need. wind farms have much less impact on the environment than drilling. not even close. you can't really use the argument that wind farms are more damaging than oil/gas exploration. NEXT.

sallymander
sallymander

You need true facts instead of pulling them out of your rear end. Collisions with glass windows and motor vehicles kill hundreds times more raptors than wind turbines. Although eagles aren't included domestic cats kill more birds than any other cause.

Gulio
Gulio

Yes windfarms do kill eagles, but there are definately other "increasing" killers. Lead from fragmented rifle bullets found in gutpiles kill untold numbers of eagles. More than 50% of tested egales show elevated lead levels. Vehicle collissions killl huge numbers, especially in winter, as the eagles feed on road-killed deer. One stretch of highway near Rock Springs Wyoming showed over a 1,000 in one year. Eagles are still illegally killed as "vermin." Finally, make no mistake eagles are killed (again) in untold numbers from traps targeted too kill other animals.

Side note: I know Domenech, you should find him and call him a "stooge" to his face and see how that goes for you lol.

Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson

1,00 killed by cars in a stretch near Rock Springs in one year? Golden Eagles have never lived in such concentrations in that short a distance. What is your source for this claim?

Bittersweet
Bittersweet

"One stretch of highway near Rock Springs Wyoming showed over a 1,000 in one year."

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I can assure you this is BS.

Gulio
Gulio

Kochert et al., 2002. Birds of North America - Golden Eagle, No. 684, p. 28.

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Bittersweet

"Kochert et al., 2002. Birds of North America - Golden Eagle, No. 684, p. 28"

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I am not seeing the same information you are suggesting. 1000 Eagles in one year on one short stretch of highway? The information you have supplied does not match your claim. Try again.

Gulio
Gulio

You will NOT find the citation online unless you subscribe - should cost you about $5 fopr 30 days. If you cant figure out how to do that...you could get up from your computer and go to the UofM library. Find the Birds of North America species account for the Golden Eagle. Under the "Conservation and Management" section you'll find som interesting reading. Turn to page 28, third par. second sentence you'll find what you say is BS. Wow...do we really need to hold your hand through this whole process?! Do your own homework before spouting off your ill informed opinions as some kind of "fact!"

boo boo da bear
boo boo da bear

wow stinkfoot of Montana is stooping to a all time low by setting traps on their own dead dogs&cats and now eagles,you people need to leave this state

RobertR
RobertR

boo boo
This is so true and its like a picture that has been photoshopped !!
Do to the location where snares are placed it is highly unlikely that any bird would be caught. These snares would have had to be baited and even then the odds of catching a raptor is unlikely.
Where is the head of loose screws anti trapping to chime in on this. (Filip Panusz, lets here your rhetoric views)

Florence gal
Florence gal

Like so many trappers, you seem to know nothing about trapping regulations. MT trapping regs state that NO regulations apply for the trapping of coyotes, foxes, weasels etc. If anyone has a few loose screws, I bet money it is you.

RobertR
RobertR

Flor Gal
I did not say I was trapper you are only assuming, yes I know more about the regulations than you ever will.
If you know so much about trapping you would know that snares do not require bait and this is why this very unusual that these eagles were caught in snares.
Again all of you anti trapping people are commenting on something you know nothing about other than the propaganda your fed.
We don't need a Californa mentality.

sanity
sanity

Just shows how trappers don't follow the few weak rules that are out there-all trapping needs to be banned, now.

angryjack
angryjack

When is this evil going to end? Less than one half of one percent of Montana's population traps and yet they can go into the woods and set an unlimited number of cruel and indiscriminate archaic devices. Now three golden eagles snared in as many days. F.W.P. must stop pandering to these demented barbarians and stand up for Montana's non game wildlife.I intend to go to the streets to rally the people to scream for change! Join me now before our precious wild friends are gone!

Kuato
Kuato

Sounds like some slob trapper set some snares next to a bait, and It is against the law to set a snare or a trap with in ten yards of a bait. Just because you have a few bad apples doesn't mean they are all bad. If trapping coyotes were to stop you would probable see jack rabbit and sage grouse and other bird populations drop like a rock and cases of rabies ,mange,and distemper would go up. And then would be the issue of what would happen to big game populations. I know it is hard for these Kalifornia transplants to see the big picture but they need to realize that predators do a lot of damage if their populations are not kept in check, just ask any rancher. Here in Montana we don't like it when a coyote comes in and snatches our pet poodles out of the yard. To bad about these birds, but we should not blame the whole for the actions of the few. You can't put the blame on trappers for the declining Golden Eagle populations it is energy development Although they are carrion eaters high power lines wind turbines do kill a lot of Golden Eagles .

angryjack
angryjack

Most trappers killing wildlife for fun in MT, are not from Montana, so are you talking about them when addressing "Kalifornia transplants"?
Coyotes are here to stay and the more you kill the more of them will be there... trappers are not "keeping predators in check." they are after the animal pelts and nothing else. Shame on all trappers!

reality22f
reality22f

angryjack, Total hogwash..... When dollars were transfered to manage disgusting wolves from money originally to be spent on coyotes predation by coyotes spiked. Quit trying to spreading George W lies! Shame of you and the rest of the predator pimps!

Gulio
Gulio

Say what!?! LOL

tfs1150
tfs1150

Golden Eagles will not eat carrion, Bald Eagles do. If trappers are responsible for eagle mortality, then we can blame trappers. If trappers will not police their own ranks, then their pass time is in peril, and rightfully so.

dave ajou
dave ajou

That's ridiculous. Golden eagles most certainly eat carrion, I've almost hit them with my vehicle multiple times. They fill up on deer and get so heavy they miscalculate their lift off.

Talou
Talou

Born and raised in Helena, MT and been hunting my entire life, but the way I was taught to hunt was leaving the car far behind, stalking and putting a bead on an animal, not indiscriminately laying and bating a trap and then going home and waiting for something to get caught in it. I agree certain species I.E. wolves and coyotes need to be managed, but not in a way that threatens non game wildlife and my and your dog.

Florence gal
Florence gal

Again, NO regulations apply to the trapping of coyotes, foxes and weasels etc.No regulations pertaining to where traps can be set, no regs pertaining to where to place bait.. A lot of trappers are not even from MT - they are transplants from the east coast or mid west and have moves to MT where hardly any regs exist.

Florence gal
Florence gal

The Montana Trapper Association is always quick to point out that there are regulations in place that trappers abide to, and that they are intended to "minimize" the impact on so-called non-target species. The case of the three trapped golden eagles show that trappers are NOT abiding to regulations (there is also nobody out there to monitor trappers), otherwise the protected bird wouldn't have been caught-and died- in snares. Trapping regs stipulate that exposed bait visible from above, cannot be set within 30 feet from a trap., however, bait less than a pound can be set IN the trap or right next to it and attract birds. Also, bleached bones are excluded. Trappers are also required to immediately notify FWP if a protected trapped bird cannot be released uninjured. Did the trappers do this? Nobody knows, nobody really cares. Trappers are on their own out there and the animals they like to kill are at their mercy. There are NO regulations as to HOW TRAPPERS MAY KILL A TRAPPED ANIMAL; to protect the pelts, trappers club or stomp them to death, strangle them or if lucky, they get a bullet to the head after lingering in pain in traps for who knows how long. Trapping is animal cruelty, period. End trapping on public lands!

Talou
Talou

Ban trapping! It's ridiculous that people are allowed to harvest animals in a way that is so indiscriminate. It's the ultimate form of slob hunting, you don't even have to get off the couch to trap an animal all you have to do is set the trap and wait for an animal which statistics say won't be the one you were targeting gets caught in it. Not to mention that these traps are being set in high usage areas like the ridge trail in Helena and around Blue Mountain here in Missoula. Ban trapping!

Kuato
Kuato

Oh you think it is that easy do you ,shows us you do not know what your talking about. No trapper in their right mind would put a trap on a well used trail just outside of city limits but I wouldn't put it past some rabid anti- hunting ,anti -trapping ,pro wolf Footrot member to do it just to give trappers a black eye. Like it or not wolf trapping is just getting started and it is proven to be a valuable wildlife management tool.

tfs1150
tfs1150

Como Lake cross country ski trail just outside of Darby. And many other examples easily searched on this web site. Shows us you do not know what your talking about Kuato. Or are there just a bunch of trappers not in their right mind running amok around the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys. The footloose.org. are not the bad guys here.

specialagentmulder
specialagentmulder

Oh... I get it. Animal lovers killing and maiming the animals they love to prove how much they love animals. It really is a perfectly logical argument. Just like anti-gun people mowing down school children to give gun owners a bad name and increase the potential for gun control. Keep talking, Kuato. You make hunters look real smart.

BWO
BWO

FWP is guilty...remove these animal haters now.

theorangedog
theorangedog

Trapping is an indiscriminate killer of wild animals and domestic animals alike. There is no room for this barbaric and inhuman form of harvesting wildlife. It is time for all leg and snare traps to be 100% banned from use.

reality check 4 you
reality check 4 you

Trapping once again proves that all the trappers are interesting in is killing or shall I say murdering without caring about the wildlife. What a shame, but this won't stop the trapping or the hunters. What a complete and utter disgrace. It's anti biblical as well, but your would have to have a conscience to care.

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