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One morning my sister, her husband, their toddler, and their dog went cross-country skiing on a public trail near Bozeman. Just past the parking lot, they heard a snap and a yelp - and found their puppy dying in a steel trap. She did not survive.

This happens too often - Montanans out for a walk suddenly find themselves in the horrifying situation of trying to free their dog from a trap - and it’s why I-177 has support from public land users including hunters, anglers, hikers, and wildlife watchers.

Consider the differences between trapping and hunting; hunters wear orange for safety, treat their weapons with respect, pay for licenses, and follow regulations that are specific for the species and sex of the target animal. Hunters also shoot to kill - they don’t shoot the leg off and make them suffer.

Trappers litter the ground with dangerous unmarked traps that do not involve a quick death, or discriminate between species or sex. Traps are loaded weapons for anyone tempted by the bait, including hunting dogs and endangered species.

I-177 will keep Montana safer for all to enjoy and is a common-sense solution to the outdated, cruel practice of trapping on public land.

Bonnie Goodman

Livingston

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