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Wolf Traps Near Lake Como Trail Spark Concern In Montana

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Now rumor has it that the Forest Service is thinking about banning dogs from the area.Currently, there is no legal requirement that people keep their dog on a leash outside the Lake Como Recreation Area, which includes the campgrounds, picnic areas

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Roxie H (350)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 6:56 am
We posted last week about wolf trapping at Lake Como ski resort Montana and here is a response from a resident :

Letter: Wolf traps at Lake Como ski trails....

Bummer, now I find out that the one good place to cross country ski here in the Bitterroot Valley with my dogs is being lined with wolf traps. I moved up here 27 years ago so as to be closer to the mountains and in the winter I enjoy going out on skis with my dogs. It is impossible to ski with dogs on a leash. My dogs are rambunctious and need a fair amount of exercise. Why can’t they make the Como Trails Cross-Country ski area be off limits to trappers?

Now rumor has it that the Forest Service is thinking about banning dogs from the area.

Stephen Slocomb
MONTANA : Bitterroot: Wolf traps legally set at Lake Como ski area...

DARBY – With wolf trapping season in progress, Bitterroot National Forest officials are urging cross-country skiers around Lake Como to take extra care with their dogs.

Darby District Ranger Chuck Oliver said the agency had reports that about six trappers set 20 or more traps in the area groomed by the Como Trails Club.

The state’s first wolf trapping season officially opened last weekend.

Some of the 25-plus miles of groomed trail near Lake Como follow routes not included on the agency’s official snowmobile system. On those routes, trappers are not required to follow the 150-foot setback regulation, Oliver said.

“They can legally place their traps adjacent to the trail on those particular portions of the groomed trail,” Oliver said.

The trails were groomed for the first time this year on Tuesday.

In the past, trapping has not been an issue in the area, Oliver said.

Bitterroot National Forest recreation technician Erica Strayer said the agency is recommending that skiers keep their dogs on a leash because of the trapping potential.

Currently, there is no legal requirement that people keep their dog on a leash outside the Lake Como Recreation Area, which includes the campgrounds, picnic areas and boat launch.

“We would like to caution people about the fact that there are live traps in the area,” Strayer said. “They legally can be there. People should probably keep their dogs on a leash or leave their dogs at home.”

Strayer said the agency has heard from a few skiers inquiring about the potential for making the ski area a trap-free area, similar to the Bass Creek Recreation Area between Stevensville and Florence.

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ALSO this is a new post from one of my Blogs .....


Wolf traps near Lake Como trail spark concern

The Montana Trappers Association

Teresa W (782)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 6:57 am
thank you

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 7:13 am
Humans are selfish only think about how merry ,Unfortunately wolves are the victim .noted,thanks roxy .i hope good luck to you .

Constance F (418)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 9:17 am
I read this earlier, and decided I can only hope a few skiers run into a few traps - maybe then there will be a massive outcry !

Terry V (30)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 5:09 pm

Call Off The Wolf Guns

Wolves, We are One

Wolves- On My Way

Danuta W (1249)
Monday December 24, 2012, 5:46 am

Krystal R (120)
Monday December 24, 2012, 12:55 pm
Can not even disarm the traps out there, We have team trap sweepers out there. Was told if anyone disturbs them, we will get fined and charged with felonies, and NOW they are banning DOGS!

Arielle S (313)
Monday December 24, 2012, 1:00 pm
They'd have to prove you disarmed the traps....I mean, if a big branch falls on one and snaps it, that's hardly your fault, is it?

Why don't these people pick on somebody their own size?

irene davis (74)
Monday December 24, 2012, 11:04 pm
Bloody people.

Waltraud U (85)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 4:42 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 6:44 am

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 9:01 am
Friggin' nuts that trappers get priority over citizens using the trail and possibly making gruesome discoveries. Just destroy the traps. Take a metal detector and get rid of the dang things.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 10:07 am
Noted. Absolutely outrageous that trappers get the higher privilege of the trails. The citizens who ski and bring their dogs to the trails should be able to do so safely and that means no traps. Thanks so much, Roxy.

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 9:28 am
Traps should be banned!

Yvonne F (181)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 4:26 am
I can't for my life understand that these kind of traps can be leagal in amodern society?????????? Outrageous! Ban it for good!!!
Thanks Roxy for sharing
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