Originally Posted by bigjim5589
I know that many folks take a dim, and often misinformed view of fur trapping. Many years ago, the folks in the Los Angelos area of California, because of the efforts of animal rights folks, voted for & got a referendum, prohibiting the use of traps in that area. The law, by the way it was written, also kept the state Natural Resources Dept from using the traps to control wildlife in that area.
After coyotes became such a problem, that they were taking pets & endangering children, the locals pleaded with the state to do something about the coyotes. They were told they could not, because the law had taken that option away.
Apparently, it was not too long before the good folks decided they wanted the law rescinded.
Not surprising, a voter referendum like that coming from a metro area, let alone LA. Believe it or not, there is group (based in Missoula of course) that is trying to get trapping outlawed on public land, all public land in Montana. Granted there have been dogs caught in foot-hold snares on public lands where lots and lots of people go for hikes. A few lazy and stupid trappers that set within a couple hundred yards of trailheads and along the river bottoms where so many people take their dogs fishing are ruining trapping for the guys that know what they are doing and are responsible. It's a sticky situation. I feel for both groups - well, not the trapping banners, but the folks who want to go for a walk and end up with a nightmare situation with their dog in a snare. Then they over react -- ban it! Rather than petitioning the FWP to re-write the regulations to make larger no-trapping perimeters around trail-heads, well used hiking trials and fishing access.