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Montana Proposes Three New Bills Aimed at Wolves : TAKE ACTION FOR WOLVES!


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Roxy
- 598 days ago - wolfwatcher.org
MONTANA: A recent flurry of new state bills have been introduced seeking to reduce the wolf populations with even more aggressive management 'tools' that make it easier to hunt and trap more wolves. WOLFWATCHER



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Roxy H. (337)
Monday January 28, 2013, 8:39 am
MONTANA: A recent flurry of new state bills have been introduced seeking to reduce the wolf populations with even more aggressive management ‘tools’ that make it easier to hunt and trap more wolves.

They also take away much of the flexibility currently available for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) to manage wolves. These proposals also affect areas that closely approximate Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Some of these bills even prevent Fish Wildlife and Parks from closing zones near the park. It is clear that Montana chooses to manipulate the population of wolves in order to grow more elk – it is ethically and scientifically wrong to manipulate the population of one species to benefit the hunting of another.

Yellowstone National Park is posting record attendance numbers – a 2% increase to 3.4 million visitors in 2012. With a projected 65 million international visitors to the USA in 2012 and more in 2013, Yellowstone National Park is the largest international draw in the Northern Rockies region. With three of the five gateways accessed through Montana, the state serves to benefit from this increased traffic.

And yet, the North Entrance at Gardiner, the area where zone closures were recently proposed near Yellowstone , there was a 5% loss in visitors in 2012. We suspect the decline in attendance at the Gardiner entrance may relate to the fact that potential visitors are turned off when they learn more aggressive hunting and trapping in the state. So, is Montana killing the largest growing industry in the region – eco/wildlife tourism along with this apex predator? We think so…

House Bills 73, 31 and 33 are listed and linked below for your consideration. We ask that you email and/or call the following officials to tell them you oppose these bills because they are anti-science, anti-eco-tourism, and anti-jobs!



Montana Governor Bullock: governor@mt.gov and http://governor.mt.gov/contact.aspx

Gov. Bullock’s Natural Resources Adviser, Tim Baker: tbaker@mt.gov

Montana Office of Tourism - mt-webmaster@visitmt.com Phone: 1-406-841-2870

Montana’s Official Travel Site - http://www.visitmt.com/feedback/ or call 1-800-847-4868



House Bill 73 – introduced at the request of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to increase the tools available to hunters to successfully kill more wolf populations (http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2013/billpdf/HB0073.pdf)
•Reduces the price of nonresident licenses REDUCING THE PRICE OF A NONRESIDENT LICENSE;
•Allows use of recorded or electronically amplified calls in wolf hunting; ALLOWING USE OF RECORDED OR ELECTRONICALLY AMPLIFIED CALLS;
•Exempts hunters from wearing orange outside the general deer and elk hunting season
•Prevents the creation of wolf harvest buffer zones and wolf harvest closures around national parks; In an area immediately adjacent to a national park, the commission may not: prohibit the hunting or trapping of wolves; or close the area to wolf hunting or trapping unless a wolf harvest quota established by the commission for that area has been met.”



House Bill 31- Washburn - takes away much of the flexibility currently available for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) to manage wolves (http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2013/billpdf/HB0031.pdf)
•Creates a statewide general wolf hunting season; currently FWP can set seasons based on current population information
•Creates a wolf population maintenance level – 250 wolves state wide
•Increases the amount of wolf licenses; revises fees for certain wolf licenses;
•Allows use of recorded or electronically amplified calls in wolf hunting;
•Exempts hunters from wearing orange outside the general deer and elk hunting season
•Removes the ability of FWP to divide the state into different hunting districts with separate quotas
•Allows the Commission to create separate wolf hunting districts west and immediately adjacent to Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park where the general wolf hunting season is open from Sept. 15-Feb. 28th
•Establishes a special archery season for wolves that coincides with deer and elk archery seasons



House Bill No. 33 “An Act Requiring Classification of Large Predator Incidents; (http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2013/billpdf/HB0033.pdf) – presently tabled in Committee
•requires all wolves, mountain lions, black bears, and grizzly bears to be destroyed if they (1) cause human injury (already legislated), or (2) attack livestock, including beehives, domestic animals, and chickens

http://wolfwatcher.org/news/all-news/montana-proposes-three-new-bills-aimed-at-wolves/
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday January 28, 2013, 9:14 am

Letters sent - shared with tweet.
 

Paul Girardin (140)
Monday January 28, 2013, 9:50 am
Noted!
 

Bettina Galo (70)
Monday January 28, 2013, 9:53 am
Well understood, one of the arguments to send the request to keep the population of wolves in Montana, is that part of the economy of that place? This is deplorabale if so. We keep them and then kill them? It can not be true? Someone please clarify.
 

Roxy H. (337)
Monday January 28, 2013, 10:11 am
Yes, Bettina... We worked in 1993 and 1994 to bring wolves in from Canada to the USA because there was none here, well except for some left in the state of Minnesota... all the rest had been killed off in the USA.. zero wolves. So spent a lot of money to bring in Grey Timberwolves.... And then States de-listed them and Opened Hunts ...and been killing them... :( its been going on for over a year...they are Killing them. We are calling it Wolf Wars, and this is bad, because now it is going on in other countries.... I am part of many Organizations working at trying to save them across the world. And we are losing the battle.
 

Roxy H. (337)
Monday January 28, 2013, 10:13 am
So we are trying to get these states to stop.. killing them, and trying to stop the laws, but we are not winning many cases, we have won a few cases, but then we are battling so many obstacles
 

Constance F. (433)
Monday January 28, 2013, 12:13 pm
Thank you for posting Roxy ! action taken from home. Email sent to Bullock and commissioners previously.
 

Barbara Erdman (63)
Monday January 28, 2013, 4:26 pm
Noted and Thnx Roxy :-0
 

Terry V. (30)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:15 pm
DONE..


Call Off The Wolf Guns


Canines and their Ancestors

 

Leslene Dunn (74)
Monday January 28, 2013, 10:22 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Danuta Watola (1199)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:09 am
noted
 

Frans Badenhorst (552)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:41 am
noted & signed up..... makes me think of one of my favorites : "when a man wantonly destroys the works of God, we call him a sportsman.... when that same man destroys the works of man, we call him a vandal..." true......thanks for ALWAYS being there for wolves Roxy... you go girl!!!!
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (383)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:53 am
Noted Rxy. With you all the way!
 

Ana R (220)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 7:16 am
e-mails sent with hope...
Thank You, Roxy!
 

Veronique L. (213)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:13 am
Noted Roxy
 

Gabriele R. (29)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:04 am
Noted thank for the information
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:15 pm
Noted ,Thanks .
 

Wendy F. (43)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:28 pm
Signed
 

Sara P. (57)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 9:11 am
Noted, thanks Roxy.
 
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