Saturday, March 18, 2006

Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks blasted for wolf work

HELENA- Heavy criticism of the state wildlife agency today over the issue of wolves in Montana.

The state Environmental Quality Council, meeting in Helena, heard complaints the agency is not doing its part to get wolves removed from the federal endangered species list.

Bob Lane is a lawyer for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. He says the department wants wolves to be taken off the list, but achieving that must be done in a legally defensible way. Lane says one result is that the process may take longer than some people want.

Critics told the council that wolves are killing livestock, while government officials drag their feet.

Bob Fanning says he established a group to defend Yellowstone National Park elk, attacked by wolves. He told the council that expecting the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to work for delisting is like expecting Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith to join a convent.


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