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Predator Management To Be Examined At Billings Symposium


Tue Dec 21 00:00:00 MST 1999

Predators--from wolves, to coyotes, to mountain lions, to bears--are the topic of a public symposium set for Jan. 8, 2000 in Billings.

The Predator Management in Montana Symposium, coordinated by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana Outfitters & Guides Association, will focus on the status of predators in Montana and the relationships among various predators and their prey.

"There is a growing interest in the biology of predators and concern about the impacts they have on other animals and people who live, work, and recreate in Montana," said FWP spokesman Ron Aasheim. "Anyone who wants to learn more about the biology of predators, current research and legal responsibilities of managers will benefit from this gathering."

Panelists scheduled to attend include: Ed Bangs, Wolf Recovery Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Jim Cross, Montana Wildlife Federation; Glenn Erickson, Wildlife Management Bureau Chief for FWP; Hank Fischer, Defenders of Wildlife; Stan Meyer, Chairman of the FWP Commission; Jay Newell, FWP wildlife biologist; Dan Pletscher, Wildlife Department, University of Montana; Jack Rich, MOGA; Douglas Smith, Yellowstone Gray Wolf Restoration Project, National Park Service; Chris Servheen, Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator, USFWS; and Bruce Tutvedt, Montana Stockgrowers Association.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held Jan. 8, 2000, at the Holiday Inn Grand in Billings, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call MOGA at 406-449-3578 or FWP at 406-444-4038.