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Montana FWP warns university over scientist’s study

[large thumbnail url=”montana-fwp-warns-university-over-scientists-study” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”06″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-fwp-warns-university-over-scientists-study” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”06″] According to an article on the Bozeman Daily Chronicle Web site, a top official from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks warned Montana State University president that the agency might end all cooperation with the university after a scientist released a study challenging the state’s proposed wolf hunt.

Dave Risley, administrator of’FWP’s fish and wildlife division in Helena, wrote an Oct. 14 letter to MSU President Waded Cruzado saying that FWP has worked closely with MSU for more than 60 years, but the relationship had been “marred by a pattern of conflict” over several years with Scott Creel, an MSU scientist who studies elk and wolves.

“By writing this letter, we hope to make you aware of this situation before the only recourse is to permanently and completely dissolve the financial and intellectual relationship between FWP and MSU,” Risley wrote.

Risley’s letter added that FWP doesn’t want to go that route because both institutions have a lot to gain from a strong, collaborative working relationship. He suggested “a very simple solution” was to ensure both staffs are at least trying to collaborate, and he offered to meet with Cruzado…

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