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New Rules for Wolf Traps in Lake Como Area

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Ice on Lake Como in the Bitterroots. (KLYQ Photo)
A wolf trap set near a popular cross country ski trail caused the Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor to issue new trapping restrictions in the Lake Como area.

Supervisor Julie King is signing an order to require 150-foot setbacks from the cross country trails near Lake Como.

The Montana wolf trapping season started a week ago, and according to Mike Thompson, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks regional wildlife manager, a trapper had posted signs in the vicinity of the Lake Como trails that wolf traps might be set there.
Thompson said one trap had been set and was well away from the trail.

The trails were established recently and are not listed on the official trail system, so were not subject to the statewide 150-foot setback requirements for trappers from all federal and state roads and trails.

The setbacks are now required.

Even so, King and the Montana FWP are asking trappers to voluntarily select a different location for their trapping activities. Toby Walrath of the Montana Trappers Association, was quoted in a Bitterroot National Forest press release that “the Montana Trappers Association advocates that trappers avoid high use areas.”

King said the Lake Como area is popular year-round with winter uses including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing.

Montana FWP reported that over 2,000 people completed the trapping instructional clasess in preparation for the wolf trapping season, which runs through the winter.

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