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I can't tell you the number of people who have told me horror stories of their pets maimed or killed by traps in wild places. I-177 ends all trapping on public lands (a few exceptions) and I think is a progressive and sensible step to take in the 21st century.

One could argue trapping is a great tradition in the vein of John Colter (d.1812) and Jim Bridger (d.1881), those stalwart men of our colorful Montana history. But that was then, 200 long years ago, in the heyday of the trapping era; this is now. A drive into Bozeman on any one day tells you it's a new and different world out there. Our public lands should not become an anachronism. They offer needed habitat for wildlife--and wildness and joy for stressed modern man. Public lands should be trap-free. 

Michael G. Becker


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