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Limited comments on changes to Missoula trapping ordinance

Posted at 9:27 AM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 11:28:19-04

MISSOULA — A proposal to add tougher details to an ordinance banning trapping on Missoula's parks and trails isn't generating much public comment.

But the organization backing the idea calls it an important step for public safety. Missoula already has a trapping ordinance but several instances involving dogs getting caught in traps is prompting the city to review the law and make several changes.

That includes clarifying "hunting" versus "trapping" and giving judges more leeway in sentencing people who violate the law.

Monday evening, the council held a public hearing on the changes -- hearing only one comment which was an expression of support from Footloose Montana.

"And I think all of us understand that we need to keep our community safe and we're a community of recreation," said Stephen Capra if Footloose Montana. "And people like to get outdoors. And what we have to do is ensure public safety."

The public hearing remains open, with the council expected to take final action next Monday.