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Should Montana ban trapping on public lands?

Sally Mauk

Opponents of trapping hope to get enough signatures to get Initiative 169 - which would ban trapping on public lands - on the November ballot.
    The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department reports there are between 5000 and 6000 trapping licenses sold annually. In 2012 those trappers caught 67,000 furbearers - everything from beaver to wolverine. They also, unintentionally, caught an occasional dog, and other non-targeted animals. 

In this feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Tom Gignoux of the group "Trap Free Montana Public Lands", which is sponsoring the initiative - and Toby Walrath who is president of the Montana Trappers Association.    Walrath is also the author of a book on trapping called "Wild Pride Montana: A Trapper's Journey".


Retired in 2014 but still a presence at MTPR, Sally Mauk is a University of Kansas graduate and former wilderness ranger who has reported on everything from the Legislature to forest fires.
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