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Public lands are down to roughly 1/3 of Montana. For $20, a trapper can buy a license and set an unlimited, unmarked trapline on public land, endangering anyone in their path including endangered species and companion animals. Fish, Wildlife and Parks has admitted they do not have the staff to regulate trapping, including setbacks from roads and trails. The victims of the trap could linger for days until they die of dehydration, exhaustion, predators, strangulation, or the trapper whenever they discover their victim.

Unlike hunting, the victim, Montana's wildlife, then gets sold to market. For $20, trappers are selling our wildlife to the highest bidder, often out of the country.

Initiative 177 would restrict commercial and recreational trapping. FWP would still be able to trap when necessary on public land, and would mark where those traps are for our safety. Private land would remain unaffected.

Montana Trap-Free Public Lands initiative is a grassroots effort which is funded primarily by Montanans. The Montana Trappers Association and their political action committee have received large amounts of money from out-of-state lobbying organizations, more than one-third of their reported income. Only 5 percent of donations to I-177 come from other states.

Do not fall victim to trappers' false claims against I-177, e.g., we'll be forced to use poison within cities, or we will be overrun by wolves and other wild animals. See www.yeson177.org for the facts. Trapping for predators and non-game wildlife happens year-round, furbearer season starts Nov. 1; let's make it end on the 8th!

Jennifer Nitz,

West Yellowstone

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