The purpose of ballot initiative 177 is to remove the danger that traps pose to people, pets and wildlife on public lands.
I-177 has statewide support from public land users including hunters, anglers, hikers, and wildlife watchers.
I-177 is a common-sense solution to the unsafe, indiscriminate and cruel practice of trapping on our valued public land.
VOTE YES on I-177 on November 8th
What I-177 WILL do:
- Will apply only to public lands (such as national forests, state lands, county and city parks)
- Will prohibit recreational and commercial trapping
- Will protect people, pets, working and hunting dogs
- Will allow specific trapping (for protection of livestock and property; public safety; research and wildlife management)
- Will reduce indiscriminate trapping of wildlife, including endangered and threatened species
- Will end unnecessary, prolonged suffering of tens of thousands of Montana’s wildlife
What I-177 WON’T do:
- Will NOT apply to private property or Tribal lands
- Will NOT affect hunting and fishing
- Will NOT prevent the protection of livestock and property
- Will NOT affect trapping animals for public safety, wildlife management or scientific study
“The leg-hold trap…is probably the most cruel device ever invented by man and is a direct cause of inexcusable destruction and waste of our wildlife.”
Dick Randall, former federal trapper, in a statement to U.S. Congress.