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Please Comment on the Montana Wolf Stamp!

Zack Strong

Posted August 12, 2014 in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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Earlier this year, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Commission directed the Department to establish rules creating a Montana Wolf Stamp.  FWP has since proposed a final rule, and set a deadline of August 22 for the public to submit written comments.

Public response to the proposed rule has thus far been overwhelmingly supportive.  Tens of thousands of comments have already been submitted in favor of adopting the stamp (with two small revisions, as explained in NRDC’s formal comments).

At $20 per stamp, these comments represent the potential to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to support non-lethal aspects of wolf management in Montana, such as paying for non-lethal measures to protect livestock, hiring additional wildlife wardens, and purchasing additional wolf habitat.  This would directly benefit ranchers, hunters, wildlife supporters, FWP, and, of course, wolves, grizzlies and other wildlife.

As we near the end of the comment period, let’s continue to show our support for this innovative proposal.  As part of the public comment process, FWP is holding a public hearing at various locations around the state on Thursday, August 14, beginning at 6:00 PM.  If you live in Montana, please consider attending and commenting!  Whether you live in Montana or not, please also consider submitting a written comment in support of the stamp.  While we strongly encourage you to comment in your own words, you could also simply copy the comment below and send it in an email to:

fwpwld@mt.gov

Montana’s wolves thank you!

Dear Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks:

I write to comment on the proposed Wolf Conservation Stamp. Thank you for leading the nation and creating this unique opportunity to directly contribute to the conservation of wolves and other wildlife in Montana. This is a welcome example of the more inclusive approaches to wolf and wildlife conservation that I would like to see — and will support — from state wildlife management agencies across the country.

I greatly appreciate that the wolf stamp will be used to support nonlethal aspects of wolf management in Montana, such as paying for nonlethal tools to reduce conflicts between predators and livestock, purchasing and protecting wolf habitat, and hiring additional wildlife wardens in wolf habitat.  Please include an express statement in the rule that the stamp is for nonlethal management and conservation of wolves and other wildlife; that is, after all, the entire purpose, and point, of this innovative proposal.

I look forward to supporting the conservation of wolves, grizzlies and other wildlife in Montana through the purchase of a Wolf Conservation Stamp.  Please continue to consider new and different ways of incorporating the perspectives, concerns and voices of the non-hunting, non-trapping community in managing the publicly owned wildlife in your state.

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(Wolf photo by oldbllluk on Flickr)

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Comments

GeorgeAug 12 2014 05:28 PM

Do we comment here or just through email,I am confused, I don't live in Montana.

Zack StrongAug 12 2014 06:43 PM

Hi George, you can comment by sending an email to

fwpwld@mt.gov

or by visiting FWP's website at

http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/armRules/pn_0177.html

Thanks!

Janice SampoAug 13 2014 08:28 PM

Please use proceeds from stamp to protect wolves grizzles and all wildlife in Montana.

Kat BrekkenAug 13 2014 08:58 PM

I want to publicly thank you Zach, for all you have done to get this proposal in place. You have my support. It's time that all have a vested interest, in this win-win proposal, which I see as a potential prototype for other states, in wolf conservation. I will be speaking on behalf of The National Wolfwatcher Coalition tomorrow.

Zack StrongAug 14 2014 11:19 AM

Hi Kat, thanks so much for your support and for commenting at the hearing tonight. It will mean a lot to have The National Wolfwatcher Coalition there!

Zack

JeremyAug 14 2014 11:20 AM

I just donated for the first time to NRDC because their leadership on this issue. It's time that conservation organizations do something other than complain and litigate. Well done, Zack!

Zack StrongAug 14 2014 06:45 PM

Hi Jeremy, thanks for your comment. We really appreciate your support and perspective!

Linda EleyAug 15 2014 06:09 PM

If proceeds from the stamp are actually used for conservation of wolves, it would be great. However, if killing and trapping of wolves are allowed to continue, what's the use? An emphasis on education of the public, using scientific research on benefits to our ecosystem of the wolves is a necessary part of conservation and must be a part of the use of the funds generated. Protecting the wolves to be killed later by ignorant and greedy hunters doesn't make sense. Killing should be banned.

Jennifer moscatelloAug 15 2014 11:52 PM

Save the wolves

Ute BakerAug 17 2014 01:40 AM

I oppose the Montana wolf stamp unless it involves a stipulation for removal of all traps from Montana land. Otherwise it will neither show good faith nor good will on behalf of MFWP. There can be no acceptable program that will continue to allow the most heinous, barbaric and inhumane to bring these animals down!

Montana expanded wolf hunting indiscriminately in June 2014 and legalized trapping. Who is kidding who?

Lisa GrossmanAug 20 2014 02:54 PM

I'll be sending a written comment using your guide because only a fool is 100% sure. But I'm sorry to say, I'm 99% sure they will kill the wolves and use money from the stamp to do it. Not because of their past, but because of the one huge, telling, red flag: They blatantly changed to word conservation to management. That's it, that's as transparent as they can be. They will not be using the money for conservation. They're saying so and it seems many are just looking past that.

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