By angelamontana

Posted: April 27, 2022

MISSOULA — The group responsible for developing Montana’s new trapper education program is meeting Thursday, May 5 in Missoula.

The meeting will run from 9a.m.-4p.m. at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks office (3201 Spurgin Road). Members of the public are invited to attend. An opportunity for public input on the agenda items will be provided near the end of the meeting.

The Montana Legislature passed Senate Bill 60 in 2021 to require a trapper education course for most people before they purchase a trapping license. The course will include instruction in trapping ethics, best practices, equipment, regulations, and how to avoid trapping non-target species. The main goal of the trapper education program is to impart the knowledge and skills to be an ethical, humane, responsible, legal, and safe trapper.

This is the group’s ninth meeting to discuss the new statewide education program that will be implemented in 2022. The work group includes three members of the public and three FWP employees. Wayde Cooperider, FWP’s outdoor skills and safety supervisor, is facilitating the work group through this process.

For more information on Montana FWP’s education programs, visit


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