The commission will hold three public hearings regarding the proposed changes on June 18 in Missoula, June 22 in Great Falls, and June 25 in Billings. Falconry has been regulated by both the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (service) and the commission since the 1970s. The service published new federal regulations in October 2008 eliminating the requirement of the federal permit to practice falconry and adding a provision allowing the service to approve and certify falconry regulations adopted by the states. Montana is proposing the amendment, adoption, and repeal of the above-stated rules to comply with the new federal regulations and to allow certification of Montana's falconry program.
Bette Moe Fish, Wildlife & Parks 1420 East 6th Avenue P.O. Box 200701 Helena, MT 59624-0701 fax (406) 444-7894
The public comment period for this public notice ended on Thursday, July 2, 2009.