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Animal trapping initiative is failing across Montana



With close to 80 percent of precincts reporting, I-177, the animal trapping initiative is failing with 293,567 votes against to 170,081.

I-177 would have prohibited people from using animal traps and snares on state public lands.

It would not have impacted trapping on private land.

Exemptions to the prohibition of trapping on public land would have been available for capturing animals for treatment or relocation, dealing with animals damaging irrigation systems, and dealing with specific animals causing repeated problems to people, property, or livestock when alternative methods of eradication have not worked.

The first violation would have been punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and six months in jail. A second violation would have gotten you a $2,000 fine and six months in jail. A third violation could have gotten you a $5,000 dollar fine and six months in jail. You could also have lost the privilege to fish, hunt, or trap in the state for 24 months.

Among those in favor of I-177, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, the Endangered Species Coalition, and the Sierra Club, stating: The suffering of the trapped animal is enormous, and can last for days. one out of four animals chews its leg off in panic and pain. baited traps attract any animal, including rare and protected species like eagles, owls, wolverine, lynx and fisher.

Those opposed to I-177 include: The Montana Sportsman's Alliance, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Montana Bowhunters Association. They say, "Without trapping on public lands, wolf numbers will skyrocket causing damage to other wildlife, livestock, and even posing a safety risk to pets and people. Trapping is a cherished family tradition like hunting, fishing, and camping. So, what would I-177 have cost taxpayers?

The exact numbers are disputable. Those who were in favor of the trapping ban say the state will lose (would have lost) $61,000 dollars in lost trapping licenses.

Those opposed to the ban say I-177 would have cost $422,000 dollars, because the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks would have needed to do the trapping that trappers currently buy licenses to do.

Source: http://www.kulr8.com


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Posted: November 11, 2016