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Letter to the Editor: Initiative-177 Trap-Free Public Lands: Time to put trapping in the past


September 21, 2016


My lifetime as a Montanan leaves me a special perspective on fur trapping and the role it played in the history of Montana and our nation.

As a young person in the 1930s and 1940s, I knew a few of the remaining mountain men who traveled the back country wilderness in pursuit of fur. Their lives were filled, as were those of their immediate predecessors, with mystic reflections of the early-day mountain men that they followed.

Trapping was an important part of the lives of these people who settled and also explored so much of our wilderness and incomparable back country. For me t...

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