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Montana’s wildlife policies raise ethical question

January 22, 2012 at 04:27 PM

The Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is looking to hunters for help in enforcing more of its wildlife management policies.

But one regulator worries they are being asked to cross an ethical line in doing so.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks already uses hunters to keep the wolf population down and in game-damage hunts to disperse elk and deer from private property.

Now the commission is considering allowing them to shoot bison that move beyond designated areas north of Yellowstone National Park.

Commissioner Ron Moody says killing bison that stray outside a containment area is more akin to vermin control than fair-chase hunting, in which hunters pursue free-roaming game.

FWP spokesman Ron Aasheim says it is the agency’s policy to use hunters to help manage wildlife populations when appropriate in a responsible and ethical manner.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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