Posted: Jun 6, 2013 2:02 PM by Reporting by Jamie Leary
BOZEMAN - The new director for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks touched on several topics today when he addressed those who turned out for a citizens' advisory committee meeting in Bozeman.
Jeff Hagner gave opening remarks at the meeting before opening it up for a question and answer session.
Hagner talked about the past legislative session and changes to FWP budget, habitat conservation, access to private land access and relationship with land owners and bills and proposals on bison and wolves.
He specifically addressed the Endangered Species Act, touching on the grizzly bear population, the wolf management plan, sage grouse and fish. With regard to wolves, FWP has proposed to increase number of wolves allowed with a permit to increase from three to five and have the season extended. With regard to fish, there are critical issues surrounding the pallet sturgeon. With only about 100 left in the state, they are at risk of extinction.
FWP is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to find a solution. With regard to sage grouse, Hagner said the oil and gas future in Montana is bright, as well as the future of wind energy, but those will be detrimental to save grouse.
The meeting is being held until 5:30 p.m. at the FWP regional office on 19th Avenue. The public is welcome.
The CAC meets quarterly to provide input and guidance on natural resource and management issues addressed by FWP in Southwest Montana.