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Trapping & Furbearer Management in Montana

Trapping Advisory Committee

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking 12 -15 individuals to serve on a Trapping Advisory Committee to provide input on the agency’s trapping and furbearer management. Deadline to apply is October 20.

Steve Carson with skins and furs from furbearing mammals.

Fur trapping is highly regulated, biologically sustainable, and an important part of Montana's cultural history and outdoor lifestyle.

FWP is responsible for the conservation of furbearers and for regulating the responsible use of this public resource. FWP and its citizen commission continually refine furbearer trapping regulations to ensure sustainability, selectivity, and ethical harvest.

Regulated trapping can provide many benefits to society, including:

  • Reducing wildlife damage to crops and property,
  • Reducing threats to human health and safety,
  • Population monitoring information including trends, distribution, reproductive data, presence of toxins, etc.

Regulated trapping is a safe, efficient, and practical means of capturing individual animals without impairing the survival of furbearer populations or damaging the environment.

The Wildlife Society, North America's association of wildlife scientists