Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Sorry state of affairs

Posted on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 1:21 PM

I haven't felt safe for four months going on a walk with my dogs. So far, 12 dogs have been mutilated in traps around here near their homes. What is so public about public lands? I'm sick of it. Get traps off our public lands. We need some exercise!

Public lands don't belong to 6,000 trappers. We pay the taxes. The trappers take all the animals they can, and plenty of traps just have a foot left in them, so the poor animals die slowly of infection and starvation. This is not right. What a sorry state of affairs, and our government turns a blind eye. A woman has a heart attack trying to rescue her dogs in traps as her grandkids cry and scream. Dogs lose their limbs, die, and it's not addressed. This is a safety issue!

Eagles and deer, moose and elk get strangled in traps and still silence from the fish and game folks. The great horned owl just found dragging a trap in a campground in Turah, that is a felony. But, of course, nothing happens to the trapper. Silence from the fish and game, the governor. Who runs this place anyway? How do we stop the killing fields?

At least I can sign the I-177 petition by Montanans for Trap-Free Public Lands. They are the only ones paying attention.

Brett Taylor

Missoula

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