Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is currently seeking volunteers and nominations for individuals to serve on a statewide trapping advisory committee.
The trapping advisory committee is being formed at the request of the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission to identify and resolve conflicts associated with some trapping practices and regulations and other recreational activities.
FWP Director Pat Graham said the public can help by submitting names to his office. FWP is hoping to find eight to 10 Montanans who have an interest in the issue and are willing to work with others over the next year to develop recommendations that could take effect in the 1999 trapping season, Graham said.
"Trapping is a legitimate use of wildlife and can be important in controlling damage to property and risks to human health," Graham said. "While the practice is one of the most enduring stories of the opening of the American West, as we are about to enter the 21st Century, the trapper's realm is no longer so far removed from other recreational pursuits such as hiking, skiing, or upland gamebird hunting. Today, recreators must recognize that they have responsibilities to all other recreationists when they head outdoors. We'd like this group to define such responsibilities associated with trapping."
Graham said he'd like to consider people that reflect a cross section of interests, including: trappers, veterinarians, pet owners, landowners, trail users, and others willing to listen and work collaboratively toward solutions. Nominations for the committee must be submitted by Friday, September 11 to: Trapping Advisory Committee; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59620-0701.
Appointment of committee members will be announced in October. The committee will meet periodically over the following nine months and work toward the presentation of its recommendations to FWP in June 1999. For more information--or to obtain a nomination or volunteer form, call Betty Johnson at 406-444-3186.