YOUR DOG OR CHILD COULD BE NEXT!!!
In the summer of 2009 I went out my back gate to walk my dogs along the edge of a duckpond behind my house (and many other houses) within the CITY LIMITS of Kalispell, Montana. What I didn't know (due to NO SIGNS) was that there were leghold traps set in the water (about 6-12 inches) on the shoreline! These traps were set UNDERWATER to catch and drown MUSKRATS...which they did quite well. When my DOG (schnauzer) stepped in one and when it sprang shut on his foot I couldn't believe it! I jumped in the water and on my knees managed to pry the thing open and get his foot out before it broke his foot!! Sounds easy? Well it wasn't, I will be 70 (old lady) this year and it was REALLY HARD to get my fingers in and pry it open! And my poor dog was howling in pain! It scared me to death!! Was this legal...yes! The pond is considered county and therefore it is legal to put leghold traps in the pond! I am not the ONLY person that has had there dogs caught in traps in this state and others. Trappers are setting steel leghold traps and steel wire snares (to catch the animal and strangle it) all over state and federal land! Why? FOR MONEY FOLKS! Just Google "Fur Prices" and you will see why. You will also see that this BARBARIC "SPORT FOR MONEY" sells the pelts to CHINA!!! Yes it is legal. Trappers and the FWP insist they are mindful of their traps, that they CARE about wildlife and worst of all that this is their RIGHT AND IT IS THEIR HERITAGE! The truth is the FWP wants the money and the trappers want the money! The truth is there is NO CONTROL of this madness. There is no way to know what animals are being caught in these traps...endangered?...you bet! The Lynx is an endangered species and one was caught in a trap in Idaho. Had a man walking not seen the animal in the trap, there is no doubt its pelt would have been shipped to China and the trapper would have made over a thousand on that one,legal or not. Do we know where these traps are set? Yup, PUBLIC LAND! OUR LAND!
But the real reason to stop trapping is the suffering of the animals! The animals caught in these traps can be left for days (no rules on checking traps) suffer horrible deaths or in some cases chew off their own legs! Check "trapping" on youtube or Footloose Montana and watch the horror of animals trapped. Watch the training videos for trappers and their kids! (yup its there) Or go to the FWP website and click on trapping to see the "rules"! They are a joke! But beyond that trapping is obscene and it is TIME we stop this horrific "SPORT FOR MONEY"...just look at the "fur prices" sites and the hundreds of animal pelts layed out on the tables ready for sale and shipment to CHINA! Please HELP STOP TRAPPING IN THE UNITED STATES NOW! Please HELP all our natural wildlife survive. We are not cavemen! It is time to rid this country of this depraved "sport"! Please help Footloose Montana and The Wolf War: Ahttp://www.facebook.com/USFWSEndangeredSpeciesrmy stop trapping in the United States! Let's all make comments on: http://www.facebook.com/USFWSEndangeredSpecies
If you don't believe me look at: http://www.predatordefense.org/USDA.htm
HERE ARE SOME NEW STATS FOR YOU FROM USDA WILDLIFE SERVICES:
INTENTIONAL AND UNINTENTIONAL; 2010; ANIMALS AND BIRDS PUT TO DEATH: 5,008,928!!! AND THATS JUST IN 2010!!!