MISSOULA, Mont. - A proposed ban on trapping on public land on Montana will go before voters on Nov. 8.
The Missoulian reports that Montanans for Trap-Free Public Lands secured enough signatures for the initiative to make the ballot this year. The proposal calls for a ban on both commercial and recreational trapping with exceptions for protecting livestock, property or public safety. The proposal would not affect trapping on private land.
According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks statistics, around 50,000 furbearing animals are harvested every year by between 5,000 and 6,000 licensed trappers in the state.
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