Montana Commercial Trapping Amendment (2010)
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Text of measure
The ballot language of the measure read:
I-160 prohibits trapping of all wild mammals and birds by any means on public lands in Montana, subject to limited exceptions. It allows trapping for scientific purposes and for breeding of migratory game birds. It also allows trapping by public employees to protect public health and safety. However, it prohibits commercial use of wild mammals and birds trapped on public lands for any of the allowable purposes.
I-160 costs approximately $47,780 of state funds annually, resulting from a loss of trapping license revenue.
- [ ] FOR prohibiting trapping of all wild mammals and birds on public lands in Montana, subject to limited exceptions.
- [ ] AGAINST prohibiting trapping of all wild mammals and birds on public lands in Montana, subject to limited exceptions.
- A group called Footloose Montana was spearheading the petition drive to collect signatures and place the question on the ballot.
Members of a Florence-based group called Footloose Montana were circulating petitions to ban trapping on public land. The group was formed in 2007 and was in opposition to trapping in public lands, citing a brutality in the method. Montanans For Trap Free Public Lands was promoting the intitiative.
Campaign tactics and strategies
- Supporters had planned to collect signatures on June 6, 2010 near the Bozeman Brewing Company, and had also planned "to educate, enlighten and entertain to promote trap-free use of state and federal lands" while collecting the signatures.
The following groups had claimed opposition to the measure:
- The Montanans for Effective Wildlife Management is main campaign against the measure.
- Montana Trappers Association
- U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance of Columbus, Ohio
The main campaign for the passage of the measure, Montanans for Trap-Free Public Lands, had raised over $20,000 through May 19, and have spent almost $8,400. According to reports, the most money donated was from Footloose Montana for Trap Free Land at $3,000.
The main campaign against the measure, Montanans for Effective Wildlife Management, had raised more than $70,000 according to reports, and had spent approximately $59,000 of that money, as of May 19, 2010. The following organizations have donated money to the campaign:
|Ballot Issues Coalition of Washington, D.C.||$12,500|
|Montana Trappers Association||$10,000|
|U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance of Columbus, Ohio||$5,000|
Path to the ballot
Petition circulators had until the June 18, 2010 petition drive deadline to turn in the required 24,337 signatures, since the proposed measure was a citizen-initiated state statute. Reports out of Montana were saying that the measure's sponsors were uncertain, but hopeful, that they had collected enough signatures to qualify it for the ballot. Counties had until July 16, 2010 to send verified signatures to the Montana Secretary of State's office, where the Secretary of State may or may not qualify for the ballot, pending another review of signatures. The measure did not collect enough signatures for the ballot.
- Montana signature requirements
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- Montana House of Representatives
- Montana offers guidance on signature gathering at polling places
- Battle of the ballots
- Footloose Montana Official Website
- Ballot Measures
- Montana Anti-Trapping Efforts Fall Short – Can’t Get Enough Support
- Montana Secretary of State, "Proposed 2010 ballot measures"
- The Missoulian, "3 ballot measures qualify for November", July 20, 2010
- Montana Secretary of State, "Ballot language"
- Billings Gazett, "Montana group hopes to ban trapping on public land", February 2, 2010
- Bozeman Daily Chronicle, "Sign I-160 petition at Bozeman Brewing on Sunday", June 4, 2010
- Billings Gazette, "Realtors group leading way in ballot measure fundraising", May 28, 2010
- Billings Gazette, "2 initiatives likely qualified for fall ballot; 4 are question marks", June 18, 2010