Western Montana Trapping Education Clinics to Focus on Responsible Techniques for Capturing Wolves

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The Montana Fur Harvesters and the Montana Trappers Association organize educational clinics on responsible strategies and techniques for capturing wolves.

Free educational clinics are scheduled for October 7 in Victor, October 12 in Kalispell, October 13 in Superior and October 16 in Columbia Falls, October 19 in Missoula and October 21 in Polson. See below for more information.

Snares are now permitted for wolves on public and private lands according to the dates of the trapping season, with the exception of areas designated by the federal government as grizzly bear recovery areas.

Collars must have a breaking device rated at 1000 pounds or less installed at the end of the loop. Collars should be placed so that the bottom of the collar loop is at least 18 inches above the surface. Power-assisted snare locks (eg spring loaded) are prohibited on wolf snares on public lands. A Relaxing Trap Lock is required on traps in Lynx Protection Zones.

Since snare for wolves is new to Montana, members of the Montana Fur Harvesters and Montana Trappers Association want to make sure trappers know the equipment and regulations associated with snares to avoid untargeted captures. These educational clinics will include demonstrations and explanations on how to set up snares and explanation of rules.

Before setting up a wolf trap in Montana, a person must complete a unique certification course in Montana or Idaho. For more information, visit https://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter-education.

To learn more about the Montana Trappers Association, visit https://www.montanatrappers.org/. To learn more about Montana Fur Harvesters, visit https://www.facebook.com/MontanaFurHarvesters.

To learn more about wolf trapping in Montana, visit https://fwp.mt.gov/hunt/regulations/wolf.

Snare education clinics

October 7 – 6 p.m., Victor, C&S Sales, 164 Victor Crossing West

October 12 – 6:00 p.m. Kalispell, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Office, 490 N. Meridian

October 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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