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.