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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Montana Trapping

The biggest revenue for the State of Montana is tourism. 

For the longest time, technology did not penetrate into the canyons, and remote places that used to be Montana's mystique.  The state was last in the nation to become digital for cell phone service, and broadband Internet was also one of the last to penetrate Montana.  Its for good reason.

The forces that shape Montana do no want information transfer about the conditions, wages, or last ranking in the United States for justice.  This means if you are not liked, or are going against the party line in the state, you can easily be separated from your vocation, family, and limited wealth.  As no rules, laws or rights are enforced in an equal fashion, Montana should not get federal funding.

[as sidebar: Letter to 44th US President, asking for civil rights in Montana; campaign head hails]
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The State of Montana is able to stop, change, or alter any movement towards "improvement" or actual establishment and protection of your constitutional rights.  As state agencies can work together to get any task complete or derailed, a prime example is the Trap-Free Montana initiative from 2008.  The state decided that the signature gatherers were over 20% error prone [something a kindergarten student would have a tough time reaching].  The initiative failed due to insufficient signatures in Montana (with help from the Montana Bar, County Clerks, and The Secretary of State office).

Other examples of Montana allowing unlawful acts other than trapping:

1. Building in a Floodplain along the Bitterroot River in Hamilton, MT

2. Charging Trespass on Public Property; media coverage in support

3. Allowing the practice of law without a license, protection in media, Federal Courts, ABA

4. Threatening resident &Alum from speaking to University of Montana President as public is encouraged to do so.

What Montana does not realize is the revenue loss as out of state tourists understand, and decide not to spend their vacation dollars in Montana.  Who would spend $200 a night at a cut rate hotel to spend a weekend, or week in Montana?  The state believes that the beauty will bring them, and it will fill their coffers and pay their salaries which abuse Americans who choose to live in the state.  Most people call this corruption, it is quantified by Montana's last ranking as a US state for justice by the US Dept. of Justice in 2007.
read more: Montana Tourism, Montana Governor attempts to reap funds from tourists

So onto the issue at hand.  As Montana does all of its work to halt the removal of traps on public land, they fail to understand that the issue is now well outside of the state, and is indeed jeapardizing their very salaries they attempt to protect.  People in Montana now move here to recreate, be it hiking, Nordic skiing, boating, bird watching, or other activities.  As your family pet gets snared, or steps in a trap, is injured or killed on public land a question of how the State of Montana is protecting its people?  The equalizing force now is the corruption that desperately attempts to keep the status quo, and trapping on public land alive by any means.

The strength of the corruption is the strength of the State's position against their own interest: tourism revenue.  Footloose Montana is the organization that has opened the door for residents and tourists to understand that trapping is not sport, has no place on public lands, and is making tourist dollars go elsewhere from Montana coffers.
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If public lands are contributed by all taxpayers in Montana, why should a select few decide how those lands are used?  Footloose Montana does not wish to stop all trapping, just on public lands.  Traps are being found in places like campground entrances, trailheads, and encroaching too closely to established trails in Montana where domestic animals are being captured instead of wild game.

It time to send a clear message to Montana: tourists will not come, and state taxpayers are leaving as the state does not protect domestic animals from harm, or death.  Their way or the highway may be a lonely, desolate place without funds to pay for state game wardens, law enforcement, prosecutors, and court staff.

While the state can develop a mighty network to get what they want, the forgotten are the taxpayers and tourists that float the most isolated, and worst state for justice.  Trapping and the state's protection of it on public lands is beneath the beauty.  Our picturesque landscape is coming with a caveat: it's not worth visiting if the people, and their property are not protected.

more information: Beneath the Beauty Documentary about Montana Justice.