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Montana’s public lands should be safe havens for both federally-protected wildlife and for people and their companion animals recreating on them.

Yet, as the Ravalli Republic reported, “Bitterroot heron dies after caught in leg trap,” (Feb. 2, 2018), traps are indiscriminate, silent killers for any creature with feet.

The trapper whose cruel, leg-hold trap killed this beautiful and federally protected creature was merely censured. The game warden stated: “‘It was an accidental, fluky thing; he didn’t mean to do it.”

That’s not fair to the rest of us and it’s just not right. It’s time for FWP to tightly regulate trappers on our public lands to keep wildlife, pet and people safe.

Amanda Cooper

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