Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a proposed change to the state’s classification of exotic wildlife that would allow three exotic wildlife species to be possessed and sold as pets in Montana. A public hearing is set for January 14, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the Helena FWP headquarters building, 1420 East 6th Ave.
The three species proposed as noncontrolled species are the Eritrea clawed frog, Cameroon volcano frog and the hermit crab.
The FWP Commission is required by law to classify exotic species into controlled, non-controlled or prohibited categories and to manage any associated permitting. The import, possession and sale of exotic species is regulated in order to minimize the potential health and safety risks that these species may present to humans, wildlife, livestock and agriculture.
A full list of classified exotic species is available at FWP’s web site at fwp.mt.gov under Exotic Species. Exotic species not yet classified cannot be imported into Montana. Forms to petition for classification of an exotic species are available by calling 406-444-2449.
Public comment on the proposed rule changes must be made by January 21, 2010 by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org ; or in writing to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attn: Exotic Species, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, Mt. 59620-0701.