Trapping is an emotional and divisive issue in Montana, with opponents labeling it a barbaric practice that depletes wildlife and natural resources, and supporters calling it a sustainable, centuries-old way to fetch some extra cash, control predators and teach youngsters about the natural world. This fall, voters will see an initiative on the November ballot called I-177 that would ban commercial and recreational trapping on public lands with exceptions for protecting livestock and property and for public health and safety. It would not affect trapping on private land, which constitutes roughly two-thirds of the state. A group called Montanans for Trap-Free Public Lands, composed of several Missoula residents, got enough signatures to get I-177 on the ballot this year. According to Montana Fish,... Read More