“Snares are being portrayed as one thing new, one thing evil,” mentioned Jim Buell with the Montana Trappers Affiliation. “They’ve been used on each private and non-private floor for numerous years (for different species). Permitting snares used for wolves is nothing new, it’s only one extra instrument the trapper can use to reap these critters.”
The trappers affiliation will start providing a wolf snaring class as a part of its instructional choices, Buell mentioned.
Mandating the allowance of snares to lure wolves was amongst a number of new legal guidelines handed by the latest Legislature. Different legal guidelines included expanded wolf trapping season, a mandate to scale back wolf numbers, permitting reimbursement funds to wolf trappers and hunters and instituting necessary trapper training.
A number of opponents of both trapping or killing wolves, who out-numbered proponents, lodged confrontational feedback directed on the fee backed by the specter of litigation. A number of opponents raised moral and security considerations and labeled the rules a “slaughter,” imploring commissioners to invoke the least aggressive strategies proposed.
“It is a declaration of a warfare on wolves,” mentioned Marc Cooke with Wolves of the Rockies. “Make no mistake about it, it’s going to decimate wolves in Montana.”
Cooke’s lashing concluded with a plea to federal officers to re-list wolves below the Endangered Species Act, saying “You individuals disgust me,” earlier than strolling away from the rostrum.