My family has lived and worked as ranchers, businessmen, statesmen, outdoors men, and taxpayers in Montana since the mid 1800s.
After carefully studying and considering each candidate's position on major issues within the state of Montana and how each man's leadership would affect myself and my family as citizens of this great state. I support Steve Bullock completely. He provides a calm, common sense approach to issues that my family cares about. I do not consider myself a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, but rather an individual that looks at the quality of the person running for office, not his party's platform, and in my opinion, Steve Bullock and his qualifications stands far above his opposition as to whom I want to see lead our great state. Steve Clevidence
Perhaps, before we start looking for new life on other worlds, we should stop killing life on this one first.
Robert is correct. Might I also add the fact that predators including wolves were also present during this time? I fully understand local frustrations amongst folks whos living depend on Elk or the livestock industry and sympathize with their problems. When a person looks at the present economy and the costs that figure into the equation for a out of state hunter to come to Montana to hunt,( Near $ 5,000 dollars for an 8 day hunt in some areas) one can see a huge reason why the out of state hunter numbers have dropped. There are a variety of reasons pointing to what is presently causing the decline of elk in the West fork, and all the reasons need to be weighed and considered equally. perhaps then we can find a workable solution to the problem that will benefit not only the working folks but also the wildlife in question.
What an Awesome article by Jayme Feary. I would imagine Mr. Roger Strobel's face is a bit red after reading this, and as it should be. Not to mention sooo many others that chose to walk away. The few who showed compassion, I hope the same returns to them three fold. Nice to know there are yet still caring people in the world today. I believe many folks who would ordinarily help out, choose to pass by because they feel uncomfortable and maybe a bit embarrassed. Thanks Jayme, I am sure you opened a few eyes, and perhaps hearts.
General Information as published in the Stevensville Star editorial Wednesday, Oct 26,2011. The EIS overview states: Predation by wolves is sometimes blamed for the recent decline in elk numbers, and wolf certainly kill many elk. However, MT FWP increased the number of antlerless elk permits in the mid 2000s because elk populations exceeded objectives. The editorial goes on with the findings: Mt FWP feels that the decline in elk numbers in the Bitterroot is likely primarily due to increased anterless harvests achieving a planned management reduction. Also the FWP felt that much of the decline in 2007 was due to nutritional stress caused by poor forage conditions in 2006 that may have caused poor calf survival. There is ongoing research looking into the physical health and nutrition of elk on the West Fork drainage. Results are pending. Elk are moving lower sooner, resulting in fewer hunting opportunities and inadequate over-wintering nutrition.But to blame wolves for all, or even most of the elk decline is simply untrue.
If areas are so decimated of elk and deer populations then why continue selling hunting tags for those areas? Oh, I forgot, its all about the money the tags bring in. While I personally am happy to have wolves back into our forests, I do believe that better management policies and coexistance amongst all species can be accomplished. Trapping, poisoning and out right shooting on sight polices are not the answer. As the general human population increases and moves into and uses the habitat of the wild creatures, further conflicts will continue. Independent research, non biased recommendations by all special interest groups as well as the general population should be done and considered equally before any state policy is put into affect. As a native Montanan I do not believe what has been done up to now by the state agencies has been considered on a non biased level. I know, I'm dreaming, its about working together for the benefit of all species, something humans can't seem to accomplish.
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