By Jon Haufler and Carolyn Mehl
Seeley Lake, Montana 

Stick to the facts and include all information at Pet Release Clinics

Letter to the Editor


October 28, 2021

We were unable to attend the local trapping clinic last week but were told a question was asked regarding our dogs being snared while we were bird hunting last season on public lands, with one dog killed as a result. A clinic presenter, a Montana Trappers Association (MTA) rep, responded by saying our dog died because we had not trained it to be “leash-broke” and he “heard our dogs were out of control and running wildly.” It is a well-worn and sad MTA strategy to try to shift blame in this way for the consequences of trapper actions onto their victims.

In this case, we were license...

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