“Snares are being portrayed as something new, something evil,” said Jim Buell with the Montana Trappers Association. “They’ve been used on both public and private ground for a number of years (for other species). Allowing snares used for wolves is nothing new, it’s just one additional tool the trapper can use to harvest these critters.”
The trappers association will begin offering a wolf snaring class as part of its educational offerings, Buell said.
Mandating the allowance of snares to trap wolves was among several new laws passed by the recent Legislature. Other laws included expanded wolf trapping season, a mandate to reduce wolf numbers, allowing reimbursement payments to wolf trappers and hunters and instituting mandatory trapper education.
Several opponents of either trapping or killing wolves, who out-numbered proponents, lodged confrontational comments directed at the commission backed by the threat of litigation. Several opponents…