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Wolf trapping’s effect on out-of-state tourism

I am a teacher in Chicago, Illinois. I ride the bus to go to work almost every day. Recently I noticed the posters displayed inside the bus promoting tourism in Montana. The pictures looked fake. The foreground showed a sea of green grass sprinkled with flowers. Boarding the prairie I saw heart-stirring forests, like those described in fairy tales. Behind the enchanted evergreens, majestic mountains rose to touch the sky.

Those images were the main reason to make me want to visit this scenic paradise. I told my husband and my family that we had to go there for our next vacation. However, I read Montana´s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks decision to allow trapping and increase the number of wolves allowed to be killed during hunting season.

As unnecessary and environmentally troublesome I may find wolf hunting, what really shocked and angered me was trapping as a means of hunting.

I am against cruelty and torture. Breaking an animal’s leg and leaving it to starve, slowly bleed to death or die of thirst is vicious beyond words.

Instead of tormenting animals, trappers in Montana could boost Montana’s economy by providing ecofriendly tourism. I pledge to visit Montana when trapping becomes illegal in this breathtaking state.

Julia I. Fernandez-Clegg

Chicago, Ill.

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