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Public hearing set on wolf-stamp proposal

Hunting - Region 5

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold a series of public hearings this week on a proposal to establish a voluntary wolf- management stamp.  The stamp would allow anyone to make a donation to Montana's wolf management program.

The Billings meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at its Region 5 headquarters, 2300 Lake Elmo Drive in Billings Heights. Hearings also are set for the same time at FWP offices in Kalispell, Missoula, Bozeman, Helena, Great Falls, Glasgow and Miles City. Written and emailed comments on the proposal will be taken through Friday, Aug. 22.

The proposed rules would direct FWP to establish a $20 wolf stamp and would define how the voluntary donations would be allocated to wolf- management activities.

Under the new rules, money received from the sale of wolf-management stamps would be considered a donation and must first be used to pay for the cost of administering the stamp program. The remainder would equally distributed for livestock loss reduction program grants, wolf monitoring, habitat projects, scientific research, public education and outreach, and law enforcement.

           To see the complete list of hearing locations, view the proposed rules or comment, visit the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov and click on Public Notices. Or write to: Wolf Stamp Comments; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Communication Education Division; P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. Email comments to fwpwld@mt.gov; or Fax to 406-444-4952.

 

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