By Griffen Smith
of the Pathfinder 

Wolf trappers speak out on lawsuit


January 4, 2024

Griffen Smith, Pathfinder

The Parts of the Trap: Rob Henrekin explains a modern wolf trap. The bottom plate needs 10 pounds per square inch of pressure to trigger the trap, which should protect against lynx. The jaw of the trap is smooth and clenches an animals paw. The trap is hooked to chains that can allow the animal to move freely, but it likely cannot get past the anchor on the left, which hooks onto things as small as a snowmobile track.

This article has been corrected after inaccurate quotes from Rob Henrekin were discovered

The wolf trapping season for much of Montana started on Jan. 1 after a delay from a lawsuit concerned for the safety of grizzly bears. With the open season, several trappers in the Clearwater, Swan and Blackfoot Valleys have started laying snares and traps.

This fall, a lawsuit by two environmental groups halted the early trapping season, arguing that the baited traps have been ensnaring federally-protected grizzly bears. Six grizzlies have been accidentally snared since 2011, the lawsuit cited from F...

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