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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He has been a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and also its President. For many years he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

2 Responses to Footloose: Montana Dog Owners Find Wild-Animal Traps Put Pets in Harm’s Way

  1. Jon Way says:

    “Trapping is an important part of wildlife management,” said Dave Miller, director of national and international affairs for the National Trappers Association, which claims 10,000 members. “It is very efficient and humane method of managing wildlife when properly done.”

    I am repeatedly amazed how people associated with state fish and game agencies feel that they have to “manage” everything. Have they ever been to a national park? Wildlife isn’t managed there and they generally do fine.

    Why don’t they say that we hope to trap an animal in a trap then walk up to the trapped animal and either club it to death (while alive) or shot it in the head. B/c that is what they do to a trapped animal.

  2. Bob G says:

    Hate to break it to you Jon:
    Wildlife IS managed in national parks. In Glacier, problem bears are hazed, removed, or taken out. Other habituated or dangerous animals are removed by trapping. A wolverine study is being conducted using live traps to radio track the animals. These things are all “wildlife management”. Wildlife management is defined as “balancing the needs of wildlife with the needs/concerns of humans”. This has to be done to protect people from problem animals, and to protect the animals from overdone human intrusion! Would you rather the Park Service pay money (from taxpayers) to remove an animal and do nothing with it, or would you rather have the public be able to remove the animals (at no cost to the people), and be able to utilize the animal and enjoy the experience?

    A trapped animal is dispatched as “humanely” as possible by the trapper, or by the trap itself. It is similar to the concept of hunting. Trappers and hunters kill animals. That’s what they do. Everyone knows this, so why would “they” in the article have to spell it out?

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