Not only setting it and baiting it...but walking away from it. Who, other than a trapper, walks away from a loaded weapon and leaves it unattended for 24 or 48 hours...or longer?
Montana, you have multi use trail users and you are the last state to create workability with all the user groups on your trail system. I have now lived in Utah, Idaho, and Montana, with Montana being the least able to adapt to the trail use issues, which if you do not come up with solutions for ALL, it is going to leave your great state in the dark ages, and you think that is smart it is not.
I am a trail runner first in my heart, mountain biker 2nd and horse lover, I cannot afford a horse but I go to Farms and help horse owners. The single track mountain trails are here to be enjoyed by all three. Certain trails will work better for different groups, based on steepness and switch backs and trailheads and this needs to be assessed. When I lived in Missoula, Woods Gulch was one of the only routes safe to exit an area safely and in time if I was caught in that area in bad weather, lack of fuel or technical issues. The trail needs work, it is eroded but can accommodate hikers and bikers, mostly.
When I lived in Salt Lake City we had even numbered days for bikers, odd numbered days for dogs and hikers, this allowed multiple user groups to use trails in populated areas. The Rattlesnake is close to a populated area. Also the TNR mountain bike groups in Missoula, mostly made of of men can help curb the younger downhill mountain bike crew who is really the age demographic that is blowing it and speeding on trails. It is a gender and age and technical ability issue, not a biker vs hiker issue. I left Montana, partly because the trail system is not a priority or seen as the rescources it truely is. Trails are a passion for me, I have been on them in Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Idaho, I truely hope Montana figures out in time that is a need of a trails system over haul for ALL.
Sincerely, Jennifer Kuhlmann , Now in Sun Valley, Idaho enjoying single track trails.
"open space protection takes time. Until Missoula sees trail growth to match its population"
Can "loved to death" be fixed?
Can the carrying capacity of this valley and region handle the pace of growth we are experiencing now?
If you've been around longer than twenty years, and you are not a landlord or a real estate speculator, Missoula is fucked!
7.5 billion people on this planet and growing....and Missoula is the trendy place to be....
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