FWP: Trappers did not have permission to use state equipment to oppose ballot initiative

This morning a spokesperson for the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks clarified that, as I had suspected in an earlier post, the trappers did not have permission to use state equipment to oppose I-169, a ballot initiative to ban the inhumane and unnecessary practice of trapping.

Here’s the email from the FWP clarifying their position:

 

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Aasheim, Ron <raasheim@mt.gov>
Date: Monday, July 7, 2014
Subject: Seeking clarification on FWP position on trappers using FWP trailer to campaign against a ballot measure
To: “mntnacowgirl@gmail.com” <mntnacowgirl@gmail.com>
Cc: “Toby Walrath (wildpride13@yahoo.com)” <wildpride13@yahoo.com>

Received your note requesting clarification on the MTA using the FWP furbearer display in their campaign against I 169.

We did not authorize the use of the trailer in conjunction with MTA efforts associated with I 169. We understand and respect the state statute that prohibits a public officer or employee from taking a position on a ballot issue.

In the way of background the educational furbearer displays were purchased with federal dollars that were matched by in kind contributions from the Montana Trappers Association in the mid 1990s. Since then we have made the displays and associated trailer available for a number of events over the years including, in many cases, educational events of the Montana Trappers Association.

We were not aware that the MTA was using the displays in conjunction with their efforts associated with I 169 nor were any FWP staff involved in any way. When we learned of the use we immediately called MTA President, Toby Walrath, and asked that they not display the trailer in a way that made it appear FWP was a part of their efforts regarding I 169 which we were not. Toby immediately agreed to our request and gave his membership that direction.

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14 Comments on "FWP: Trappers did not have permission to use state equipment to oppose ballot initiative"

  1. Really? From the email: “…asked that they not display the trailer in a way that made it appear FWP was a part of their efforts regarding I 169 which we were not.” Nowhere is permission an issue as a prerequisite to using the trailer by MTA, except to presumably mask FWP markings.

  2. Hmm imagine that, my truck and trailer were parked out of sight after unloading the display. Amazing how the uneducated opposition tries to stir an empty pot.

    • Um…You hung the “Oppose i-169” banner from the FWP booth, which is not permitted, and they did not permit you to do so.

      • Not to smart are you, it was an MTA booth, the only thing that said FWP was the trailer and after unloading, it was parked a block away from the event.

        • Reading is fundamental. The FWP email above says otherwise.

          • Yes fundamentals Jeff, “the educational furbearer displays were purchased with federal dollars that were matched by in kind contributions from the Montana Trappers Association in the mid 1990s. “…….. “and asked that they not display the trailer in a way that made it appear FWP was a part of their efforts regarding I 169”

            • You appear to have selectively left out parts of the email. ~Facepalm.~ I’m done responding to you. I can see why others say they don’t want to get into it. You seem unable to grasp basic principles. I’m only going to say that when it comes to leadership of an opposing cause, people like you actually help, because they so clearly highlight the true values and intellects of the movements they represent. Good day.

          • Right – so that you can then say that the trappers were right to use state resources for their ballot work? Sure. Got it. ~snark~

        • I think you mean not too smart there, Jason. Why not just admit what you did was wrong instead of trying to twist things to try to make yourself right. Keep digging yourself into that hole, making trappers look good. Fail.

    • Jason, thanks for publicly admitting that it was in fact you and your truck illegally using a federally funded vehicle to further your terrorist agenda. That helps our case against you very much.

      By the way, how many years service did you do? It was only six, right? Then why is it that you are claiming to be a hero (hold a minute while I laugh uncontrollably at that absurd thought) on the Montana website and that you served 25 years? You are what, 33 years old? You ETS’ed what, 6-8 years ago? So, you enlisted before you were even born? Wow, what a patriot. And you claim that you served in Delta / Anti-Terrorism unit? ummm.. no, you did not. Fraudulently misrepresenting your US military service is no longer a federal crime, thanks to you Tea-Taliban’s, but it is still unethical and a downright disrespect to those of us who did serve honorably.

      Have a nice day.

      http://svcalt.mt.gov/gov/heroes/hero.asp?id=623

  3. Am I the only one who finds it a little bit suspicious that the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks issues a statement on behalf of the trappers here? Would the DEQ issue a statement on behalf of a mining company? How does Ron Aasheim know that the trappers president immediately stopped its members from using the equipment in an illegal way? Why were there no consequences for doing so? Something smells.

    • Yes, yes it does. FWP, Toby Walrath and those associated with Montana Trappers Association have been caught in so many lies that there’s no way they can dig themselves out of the hole their burying themselves in.

      Nobody is above the law as they think they are and they will fall eventually. Evidence is piling up.

  4. More than 90 countries have banned leg hold traps and 8 states in the U.S. have banned or restricted them, including Colorado http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/30/us/30traps.html?pagewanted=print

    http://www.endtrap.org/whyban.php

  5. I see nothing wrong with Jasons statement regarding the trailer. In the first place, there was not a problem. In the second place, since the fish and game stated the trailer should not be around areas where controversy could occur, the MTA quit using it. No problem. The trappers paid for half of the trailer. Why can’t they use it for moving materials?

    Grasping at straws, once again

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