Montana FWP Delays Decision on Controversial Elk Plan


The controversial brucellosis management plan is aimed at disease outbreaks in the Paradise Valley.

The following is portion of an article from the Billings Gazette:

by Brett French

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has delayed until November its commission’s consideration of a controversial 2015 elk-brucellosis management plan aimed at disease outbreaks in the Paradise Valley.

The Fish and Wildlife Commission was scheduled to take up the issue on Oct. 16.

“We have information still coming in to us, and we thought it better to wait for that information to finish coming in,” said Quentin Kujala, FWP wildlife management section chief.

Sporting groups have sued FWP over its 2014 elk-brucellosis management plan and wrote a letter to the agency’s commission outlining reasons they believe the plan is flawed and should be reconsidered. After the lawsuit was filed, FWP agreed not to issue any elk kill permits this past spring. The permits were one way FWP proposed to haze elk off private lands.

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Source:  Billings Gazette
Posted by Haylie Shipp



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