Ballot Initiative prohibiting traps, snares gets certified

Ballot Initiative 177 qualified for the General Election ballot and was certified by Secretary of State Linda McCulloch on Thursday, June 30. The total number of verified signatures required for I-177 to be placed on the ballot was 24,175. At the time of certification, I-177 had 25,037 verified signatures.

I-177 is a ballot issue that prohibits the use of traps and snares for animals on any public land in Montana. The ballot issue would allow for trapping by public employees to protect public safety, livestock and property.

Previously, Constitutional Initiative 116 qualified for the ballot.  Petition signatures for several other ballot initiatives are still being processed to determine if they will qualify for the November General Election ballot.

All ballot issue information is updated regularly on the Office of the Secretary of State’s website at



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