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By voting yes on Initiative 177, you are supporting public lands – your hiking, fishing and hunting lands – being open to the public without fear of harm to yourself and your four legged friends who recreate on state and federal lands.

I-177 qualified for the November 2016 ballot by submitting qualified signatures in 50 Montana House districts, with over 34,000 signatures statewide. We believe the time is now for removing indiscriminate, baited and unattended traps from our public landscape. Trapping is the opposite of ethical, fair chase hunting, where the hunter goes for a clean kill. Hundreds of “non-target wildlife” as well as domestic pets are trapped each year, and the state of Montana has only a “recommended” 48-hour, trap-checking policy.

Be a safe and alert user of your public lands. Take a course in releasing pets from traps. When hiking with your dog bring a strong strap and wire cutters. Vote yes on I-177 to end indiscriminate trapping on our public land.

Tamzin Brown

Bozeman

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