Thursday, April 5, 2012

Imagine not killing wolves

Posted on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Sportsmen from across Montana owe a huge debt of gratitude to Pat Connell and the work he did in the 2011 legislative session to help defeat Senate Bill 414, which would have required Montana to develop a new wolf management plan and discard our existing plan that had already been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Had SB 414 passed, it is highly unlikely that we would have had a wolf season in Montana in 2011.

With all the concerns being aired regarding wolf hunting, seasons, limits, etc., imagine how much worse it would be had we not had a hunting season and not killed 166 wolves.

While I am not from the Bitterroot area, the impact of SB 414 would have been extremely detrimental to all of us sportsmen in other areas of the state. Connell was one of the leaders in opposing this bill and needs to be recognized for his efforts.

By a vote of sportsmen from across the state who are involved with Montana Sportsmen Alliance, we are proud to endorsed Rep. Connell in HD 87.

Those of you living in the Bitterroot area are lucky to have a legislator such as Connell. I truly hope that you choose to re-elect him.

JW Westman

Park City

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