[MCN] TAC Alert!

Connie Poten rattlefarm at gmail.com
Tue Mar 26 17:31:12 EDT 2019

*Final Trapping Advisory Committee meeting coming right up!*

*April 2–3, FWP Wild Outdoor Educational Center*

2668 Broadwater Ave., Helena, MT

Committee members decided to have one more meeting. This is the last chance
to let the TAC know your ideas for *trapping* *reform*.  Public comment is
heard 12-1pm both days. *Testimony in person is powerful*, but if you can’t
be there*, please send your comments to the committee* c/o John Vore ~
jvore at mt.gov and to the Fish and Game Commission, fwpcomm at mt.gov.

*The committee* *needs to know Montanans care deeply about the dangers to
people and wildlife caused by indiscriminate recreational trapping.  THANK

*Hot Button Issues—What is most important to you?*

•  Increase setbacks for all traps, including water sets, from trails and
roads to 500 feet from 50 feet.

•  Require signage at trailheads where traps are set or can be legally set.

•  Require a daily trap-limit check; 48-hrs under special circumstances
(i.e. illness). A trapper caught not checking traps within time limit loses
license for a year. Second offense, loses license for life.

• Require mandatory reporting of *all animals* caught in traps to increase
knowledge of population data, injuries, and harm to non-target species
including endangered species, domestic animals and livestock.

• Require *all trappers* to be licensed and regulated.

• Designate several trap-free areas in every Montana county.

• Raise the price of a trapping license (now $20) substantially to be in
line with the consumption of a precious resource.

• Trappers must compensate pet victims’ owners for vet bills and trauma.

•  Ban recreational trapping in endangered species’ habitat.

•  Suspend recreational trapping of beaver to combat climate change.

• Mandatory education for all trappers must be in person, with testing.

      *Thanks for your efforts—They count!*

Your friends at Footloose Montana

Constance J. Poten
4175 Rattlesnake Drive
Missoula, MT  59802

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