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Montana: Hearings to be held on wolf conservation stamp

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials will hold public hearings on a proposal to create a wolf conservation stamp that would allow non-hunters to contribute $20 apiece to help in the management of the predators.

The Independent Record reports ( ) Fish, Wildlife and Parks scheduled the eight hearings after receiving more than 14,500 comments on the proposal. They will be held Thursday in Helena, Kalispell, Missoula, Bozeman, Great Falls, Billings, Glagow, Billings and Miles City…

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This entire initiative seems to be lacking “details” which seem important to consider.

1) Will any funds be used by USDA’s “Wildlife Services” which exclusively kill wolves?
2) Is there any plans to encourage non-lethal wolf management as part of this?
3) Will non hunters/ranchers finally get an influential say on the management of wolves since they are now “contributing?”
Just a couple of many similar questions that wolf advocates should be asking before they donate to this program through purchasing the stamp.

It seems like a very cynical play from Montana — one that certainly should draw plenty of inquiries from the pro-wolf residents of the state.

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