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Stop Senseless Trapping of Wolves and other Wildlife in Montana

May 7, 2012

Footloose Montana


Stop Senseless Trapping of our Wolves and other Wildlife in Montana!

Public Comments needed to FWP, best by May 10 (comment period ends at 5 p.m. on June 18)

Dear Friend,

Your comment is needed against statewide wolf trapping on public lands. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) will present the proposal to allow a wolf trapping season on our public lands on May 10 in Helena! Update: The proposed statewide Trapping Season for wolves would be December 15 through Feb. 28; Snaring is out for now, statewide trapping using leghold traps is in… Click here for info about the proposal. Traps used for wolves have a 9 inch jaw spread! See background information for more details.

Allowing trapping of wolves could potentially put an end to our efforts to eliminate trapping in general on Montana’s public lands!

Trapping of wolves brings a whole new arsenal of weaponry to trapping on public lands! Powerful traps will further compromise the public’s safety, and  increase the risk for our companion dogs.

A wolf trapping policy could be used as a “Trojan Horse” to actually loosen current trapping regulations (e.g., seasonal restrictions, setbacks, etc.)

Click here for background info. We need your help to protest trapping of wolves on public lands. Please write, call and attend this crucial meeting!  The final agenda is set, with trapping disguised under ‘Wolf Hunting.’ Please spread the word to all your friends and family. We’re providing talking points at the end of this alert.


E-mail: ,

Mail: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 1420 East Sixth Avenue, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701

Phone: (406) 444-2535

Fax: (406) 444-4952

Click HERE for free faxing from your computer.  No fax machine, credit card, or registering required. Please be certain to confirm you message by clicking on the link sent to your email address or else your fax will not be sent.


Dear Commissioners Moody, Ream, Vermillion, Stafne, and Colton:

I strongly oppose the trapping and snaring of wolves and other wildlife, as it is cruel, indiscriminate, dangerous to people and pets, and causes wanton waste.

Trappers already set tens of thousands of baited traps and snares across our public lands, which lure in any animal or person unfortunate enough to step into these hidden devices. The hidden nature of trapping and the sheer number of traps means no monitoring or enforcement of trapping regulations is possible. Allowing yet another layer of larger, lethal traps across the public landscape for wolves will cause the by-catch of non-target animals to increase exponentially. Already, 50,000 animals are reported killed in traps or snares annually, and the real number is likely three times that.

Currently, publicly-owned ‘furbearing’ wildlife is being managed as a ‘natural renewable resource’ for trappers’ recreation and profit. However, wildlife and public lands are owned by the public, and as a taxpayer, I want to have my voice considered. The public wants less trapping and not more. If FWP needs to manage wolf populations, they need to find more ethically responsible methods of doing so.

Thank you for taking the time to read this urgent message.


trapping animals,
so cruel and
as the innocents
die, while
they writhe in pain.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

22 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    May 8, 2012 5:00 am

    trapping animals,
    so cruel and
    as the innocents
    die, while
    they writhe in pain.


    • MHz permalink
      December 2, 2012 7:38 pm

      People have the right to trap. And you owe your existence to someone in your family back in time that was good at hunting, fishing, and trapping.


      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        December 3, 2012 3:58 am

        back in time is exactly the point…we are here to move FORWARD!!!


        • christine permalink
          December 3, 2012 11:24 am

          Noted, Karen. However, it is NOT necessary in 2012/mainly just sport.


  2. May 8, 2012 5:57 am

    Reblogged this on delia1979.


    • May 8, 2012 8:50 pm

      Thank you!


    • christine permalink
      December 3, 2012 11:26 am

      KAREN>>>Sorry. I replied to MHz but addressed you. Sorry, I totally agree with you.


      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        December 3, 2012 11:29 am

        no problemo ♥


      • MHz permalink
        December 3, 2012 2:22 pm

        I think it is necessary in 2012. Maybe more than ever. Humans seem to be forgetting that we are animals on this planet. Not the owners and controllers if it. And the world in its nature state is a race for survival every day between all the animals including ourselves.


  3. May 8, 2012 1:43 pm

    Reblogged this on STOP ANIMAL ABUSE and commented:
    I’m ashamed to be called a human being any more…the world is just full of animal abuse around the globe…no animal is safe!


  4. May 8, 2012 11:18 pm



  5. christine schmutz permalink
    May 9, 2012 12:23 am

    Please immediately stop “trapping” of all wildlife. It is very cruel and inhumane. Thank you.


    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      December 3, 2012 11:28 am

      and beyond despicable !


  6. MHz permalink
    December 2, 2012 7:35 pm

    I am a trapper in Kentucky. Listening to the way you all talk about trappers paints all out to be cruel, mean hillbillies. That’s not the case at all. We have the right to take animals using these methods and I have never been cruel to any animal.


    • December 3, 2012 11:08 am

      Taking a life IS cruel.


      • MHz permalink
        December 3, 2012 2:11 pm

        It’s like the lion king… The circle of life… If a Hungry grizzly bear kills and eats some one, or if a African lion kills a zebra or if I kill and eat a deer, it is the nature of almost all animals. And t the end if the day we are all just animals.


        • December 3, 2012 2:15 pm

          If you subscribe to the “circle of life” philosophy, then you are willing to hunt using only your teeth and arms, walk on all four legs, use no weapons or covering or other accessories, do so while naked using only what “nature” gave you when born, use no seasoning or cooking when you eat your “kill”, sniff and piss on other animals, mate in the open and indiscriminately, etc., etc., etc. When it comes down to it, the “circle of life” doesn’t include cheaters.,


      • MHz permalink
        December 3, 2012 2:29 pm

        We’ll I’m going to stop posting here, because this obviously isn’t a place for discussion, it more like a your right and I’m wrong deal. I can gaurentee that there are animals out there that would eat me and would not show me near the respect that I show any animal I take. Yes I have the option to walk to the store and buy food, but I have the right to try to live more like the creature we started out being. Millions of animals are killed every year by vehicles, and you were not born driving one, but u bet you get into one every day. But I bet that’s different because those animals were In “your” way. We’ll it’s there planet to and you don’t have to have a car to survive so maybe you should start walking.


      • December 3, 2012 3:05 pm

        You and your idiotic notions won’t be missed. You addressed none of my reasons destroying your “circle of life” philosophy. And you absolutely, unequivocally show no “respect” when you take a life. Oh, and I don’t drive, which is a ridiculous argument in the first place.


    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      December 3, 2012 11:28 am

      why “take” animals…how would you like it if some space aliens “took” you!!!


  7. Darin Johnson permalink
    March 9, 2018 7:35 am

    There is nothing exciting in hunting animals using steel leg hold traps. They are cruel and do not discriminate between a mother animal out looking for food for her babies, or an animal that fir some other reasin needs to be removed. Animals experience pain just as we do. Stop for a moment and consider how you would feel with your hand or foot in one if these devices. How you would feel knowing you had hungry babies left behind. How you would feel left in this trap with no food or water in the cold for days. How you would feel vulnerable to other predators. These metal jaws of death are barbaric and should be outlawed, and the people that use them prosecuted.


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