25 Mar 2009, 12:27am
by admin

Montana Wolf Recovery Act Defeated

Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association [here] reports that the proposed Montana Wolf Recovery Act, SB 183, failed on the Senate floor on Second Reading by a vote of 23-27.

We posted about SB 183 [here and here]. Had it passed, it would have:

- Declared Montana authority for wildlife management and challenged federal authority to force wolves on Montana;

- Removed Montana from cooperation with the feds by voiding the cooperative management agreement between Montana and the feds and voiding the fed-driven Montana Wolf Management Plan;

- Declared that federal wolves are not in compliance with Montana wolf policy;

- Established benchmarks that the feds must meet to bring federal wolves into compliance with Montana wolf policy; and

- Established consequences for any period that federal wolves are not in compliance with Montana wolf policy.

26 Mar 2009, 10:22am
by Tony Mayer

Gary did a great job, but it’s too bad the Montana legislature doesn’t recognize the severity of this wolf problem. This legislation is the best approach that I’ve seen to effectively draw the line and finally do something. We hunters can only blame ourselves by not insisting that something be done before it is too late.

Tony Mayer



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