(Photo courtesy of Liz Bradley)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks posted information this week, specifically for hunters interested in catching and trapping wolves this season.
Region 2 Education and Program Director Vivaca Crowser provided details to KGVO News. She said the Montana Trappers Association and the Montana Fur Harvesters will be teaching the classes.
“Because we’ve had quite a few changes in the wolf trapping regulations for this year, we’re helping to spread the word that there are a few organizations in Montana that run workshops for people who may want to trap.” wolves this year because it’s new, and there’s a lot to keep in mind in terms of ethics and safety, âsaid Crowser.
Crowser said the trap was recently legalized in Montana and special training is needed to trap wolves properly and humanely.
âThe trap is a form of trapping,â she said. âBefore this season snares weren’t legal for wolves in Montana, and that’s probably the biggest change. There have been quite a few changes leading up to this wolf trapping season, but this is the most important, and so before that, Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the Montana Fur Harvesters, and the Montana Trappers Association really want to do whatever it takes. is in our power to make sure people are aware of these specific regulations and all the things trappers need to do to be responsible.
Crowser specifically differentiated between snare and snare wolves.
âWolf trapping has been legal in Montana for a number of seasons now and we’ve made a few rule changes this year that are changing things,â she said. âBut trapping and hunting wolves like so many other wildlife is just one way to manage the population, and it’s a way for people to participate. The regulations are set based on population goals and depending on where you are in the state it varies a bit, but the quotas or the number of wolves that can be harvested, whether by hunting or hunting. trapping, are controlled and these crops must be reported. “
Crowser said those interested in trapping or trapping wolves need to be proactive and get all the information they can.
âProbably the easiest thing for people to do is make sure they read these rules and then attend the available events,â she said. âIt’s a great opportunity to learn from experienced trappers, ask these questions and learn things like snare that are new to Montana. A lot of people don’t have experience, and so it’s being prepared and knowing all of these right steps to take when you’re out there that is really the key.
Snare Drum Education Clinics
October 7 – 6 p.m., Victor, C&S Sales, 164 Victor Crossing West
October 12 – 6 p.m., Kalispell, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Office, 490 N. Meridian
Oct 13 – 6 p.m., Superior, Superior Resort, 1186 Mullan Road West
October 16 – 9 a.m., Columbia Falls, Fur Processing and Snare Education Clinic, 287 Midnight Lane
October 19 – 6 p.m. Missoula, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Office, 3201 Spurgin Road
October 21 – 6 p.m., Polson, Johnco Storage, 801 5th Street East
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