Trappers fight back

A response to Tom Woodbury’s recent Writers on the Range column is in order (see “Unfair and outdated,” Sept. 10, 2009). You just have to love a person who is willing to spend other peoples’ money or stop other peoples’ activities, especially when they use shadows, half-truths (or less) and emotion instead of clarity or fact. With this in mind, let us examine the column.

It says a hunting group, Montana Public Wildlife, Lands and Water is against trapping. Who is this group? The first 10 pages of a Google search fail to reveal the organization.

The column also says many independent wildlife biologists agree that trapping threatens the survival of several species. Name “many” for me, please. Let me see their research. Let me read their conclusions.

I could go on, but instead I would like to invite all who have not made up their minds and who like to use real information in their decision making to go to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website at Once there, go to the management heading and read “Trapping and Fur Bearer Management in North American Wildlife Conservation.” Please take note of the qualifications of the authors and reviewers, and weigh science and fact against the (non) information provided in the above noted article. Then please also weigh and question the statements from Footloose Montana. Lastly, do a little research into areas that have outlawed trapping. See for yourselves if there were any unintended consequences. I could tell you about some, like the man who was attacked by a raccoon in Seattle, but I think it would mean more if you found the truth for yourself.

Rick Hawk, Kalispell

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