Bills in the 2019
Please contact your House representatives!
There's still time to comment before the second and third hearings!
Please let legislators know you want them to
support HB 287 and oppose HB 279
HB 287 -- VOTE YES! Support HB 287
This bill will enact a mandatory daily trap-check time limit. Currently it is suggested that trappers check traps every 48 hours with two exceptions: wolves and bobcat traps in lynx territory must be checked every 48 hours. This bill would reduce the suffering of animals in traps and also help locate dogs caught in traps before it’s too late.
HB 279 – VOTE NO! Oppose HB 279
This bill will allow for wolf trapper expense reimbursement. Your tax dollars will pay trappers to trap and kill wolves. This is absolutely not acceptable. No hunters are paid to hunt. This is subsidized commercialization of wildlife for the wolf haters. It accomplishes nothing else. Spread the word! NO ON HB 279!
For both bills:
- 1. Contact the Fish, Wildlife and Parks House Committee members (HB 287 before Feb 7 hearing): HOUSE FWP COMMITTEE
You can send a message to the entire committee by using this page and selecting the "Committee" button:
- Please tell your House Representatives to vote for HB 287 and vote against HB 279.
Find them here: https://leg.mt.gov/legislator-information/
- Please pass this along far and wide. We must stop HB 279 and pass HB 287! Thank you from your friends at Footloose Montana!
All Montana's wild critters deserve trap-free lands."We trappers do cause pain and suffering to animals and apologize to no one" Dennis "Foothold" Schutz, former Vice President of the Montana Trappers Association (MTA)
Every year, tens of thousands of leghold traps, body-crushing Conibear traps and snares are legally set on Montana’s public lands and along waterways. Montana trappers kill an average of 50,000 reported wild animals every trapping season, including fisher, mink, marten, otter, bobcat, swift fox and wolverine. Trappers, however, are not required to report numbers for the most commonly trapped species, which include beaver, coyote, red fox, skunk, badger and raccoon, so the total number is likely much higher. While there is an official furbearer trapping season, with some lax regulations, that runs from September through May, traps set for 'predators' and 'non-game wildlife' can be placed year-round anywhere at any time on public lands. Montana trappers are not required to check their traps within any specific period of time, nor do they need to put up signs to warn the public. Hundreds of pets, endangered species and other non-target animals are injured or killed in traps every year. Trapping is an outdated hobby that benefits few but endangers those of us who like to enjoy public lands with our children and companion animals. In a nutshell, trapping is a public safety threat, further endangers already struggling wildlife species such as wolverine, swift fox, fisher, marten and otter, and it presents a case of animal cruelty!
FOOTLOOSE MONTANA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization promoting trap-free public lands for people, pets and wildlife. Please join us in our efforts and consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us with our mission.