Letters to the Editor: Feb 7, 2013

Trying very hard to understand the reasoning for leghold traps

Dear Editor,

Why would an issue in Montana cause someone in Lebanon Junction, Kentucky to suffer sleepless nights and a heavy heart? Let me explain.

Once I had a wolf in my house. It wasn’t a wild wolf, it was a tame wolf recovering after I splinted a nasty fracture of his forearm, but it was a wolf nonetheless. Though stoic, as many wild animals are, I knew him well, and could tell he was in pain. He was snappy, and trying to stay immobile – and this was after his shattered leg had been splinted. There is nothing about pain and fear that require higher levels of thinking.

I find myself thinking about this wolf often during this, the first trapping season after the reintroduced wolves have been deemed recovered.  I am, quite honestly, appalled that anyone would willingly inflict the kind of pain I saw in that wolf on any creature for any reason.  Of course, a trapped wolf is also frantic, distraught, and desperate as well as in pain. I think. I don’t actually know.

I try very hard to understand the reasoning for leghold traps. I am guessing it is something to do with self-sufficiency values, respect for a way of life and living off the land.  I am a smallholder farm myself, and have had livestock killed by predators – chickens, goats, geese, turkeys. I don’t like it one bit, so I get that.

So I’m writing a letter to the folk in Montana: I don’t get it, help me understand. Why are you allowing leghold trapping? I’d actually like to hear. I’d really like to get it stopped, but maybe there’s something I don’t know. My email address is caretaker2013@aol.com.

Chris Albert



Thank you for supporting Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary Celebration

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to all those individuals and businesses who have generously contributed to funding the wonderful events being planned for the celebration of Gold Discovery in Alder Gulch, May 26, 1863.  Without the support of the areas surrounding Virginia City (“the 14-mile City”) we would not be able to share this Historic Event and the impact it had on Southwestern Montana.  Thank you to everyone who have contributed.  Donations are still being accepted through the Virginia City Area Chamber of Commerce.  Please join us this summer for all the fun.

Janet Allestad

Virginia City

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