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Start of MT wolf trapping sparks protests

KPAX TV photo by Bernie Riggs(MISSOULA)- As wolf trappers hit the hills, protesters are hitting streets, showing strong opposition to Montana allowing trapping to be used as part of the efforts to control wolf populations. 

Wolf trapping season started Saturday, as Montana follows the lead set by Idaho in adding trapping to hunting as means of controlling wolf populations last year. 

But the move set off protests from anti-trapping group Footloose Montana, which staged protests in Missoula yesterday. 

KPAX TV reports the group maintains the trapping, most of which is being done on public lands, puts other animals and even humans in jeopardy. It would prefer that FWP do a better job of educating hunters on how to be successful in killing wolves and focus solely on that as the way to reduce wolf populations in the Northern Rockies. 

FWP has certified about 2400 people to trap wolves this season. 

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