Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on the classification of three exotic species.
The Barbary falcon and coho salmon are proposed as controlled and the hyena is proposed as a prohibited species.
The FWP Commission is required by law to classify exotic species into controlled, non-controlled or prohibited categories and to manage any associated permitting.
A permit is required to possess, sell, purchase, breed, or exchange species classified as controlled. Noncontrolled species may be privately owned and prohibited species may not be possessed as pets in Montana.
The commission will hold a public hearing in Helena Aug. 25, at 6 p.m., at 1420 East 6th Ave. on the classification of the three species and other minor changes to the wording of ARM rule on the classification of exotic species. The FWP Commission will make accommodations for those with disabilities who wish to participate in this meeting, or who need alternative options to comment. To request accommodations, please call FWP at 406-444-9785, or send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
To view the proposed changes to the rules on exotic species, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov under Public Notices. Public comment on the proposed rule changes must be made by Sept. 3 by email to: email@example.com ; or, in writing to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attn: Exotic Species, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, Mt. 59620-0701.A full list of classified exotic species is available at FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov under Exotic Species. Exotic species not yet classified cannot be imported into Montana. Forms to petition for the classification of an exotic species are available by calling: 406-444-2449.