the "Public" Back In "Public Trust"
Public Trust Wars
Thank you Senator Mike Phillips.
On Tuesday, May 20, 2014 I attended the Board of Livestock meeting
in Helena. Audio
file, timestamps and draft Bison EA document. The Elk Brucellosis
DSA Expansion was passed by the BoL. This DSA
required a MEPA and still has not been done.
Thankfully, the BoL voted not to pass the draft as it was
presented, for numerous reasons which BoL member John Scully presented,
one of which being they needed a MEPA since the original Bison EA
that was voted on by the public had been altered. DoL's Christian
MacKay and Dr. Marty Zaluski added minimum population lethal objectives
to the previous habitat Alternatives. If Yellowstone National Park
slaughtered bison down to 3000 or lower the DoL would have allowed
Alternative B, the one with the most habitat, to be accessed. Lethal
removals final decision and authority would be by the DoL St. Vet.
Wild Bison hunting in Montana is under the jurisdiction of the DoL
St. Vet. This would not have benefited the bison, wildlife advocates
or MT hunters.
flak for bison intolerance by Todd Wilkinson
"Had Zaluski’s most aggressive option been implemented it
would have meant that of the estimated 4,500 bison in the Yellowstone
herd between 1,500 and 2,000 (including this year’s crop of
hundreds of newborn calves) would have to be slaughtered before
next winter, when bison again move out of Yellowstone’s deep
This brings up an additional matter that I have wondered about since
I began attending BoL meeting last summer. Why are the Board of
Livestock meetings not streamed and audio and/or video recorded
as other state meetings like the FWP, or EQC? Livestock is an important
industry and I have found much to do with our wildlife is determined
at these meetings. I believe they should be streamed and recorded
for those that cannot make it to Helena or would like to listen
at another time. Please contact Governor
Bullock and the Board of Livestock, let them know that the public
would benefit from the Board of Livestock meetings being streamed
and recorded as other Mt. State meetings are.
You can contact Governor Steve Bullock:
Toll Free: 855-318-1330
Board of Livestock email email@example.com
On the Federal Land Front
Please vote NO on the Helena Independent's Poll
federal lands to state ownership and management. Would this be a
good thing for Montana?
Battle for our Public Trust Wildlife on Public Lands Against
Special Interests -
Western range suffers, should Utah cull wildlife? While livestock,
wild horses, elk and other wildlife compete for forage on drought-stricken
range, ranchers ask state to increase hunting permits. "Hallows
was one of several ranchers who asked the Utah Wildlife Board earlier
this month to encourage more hunting by increasing the number of
permits issued. 'It is important we realize, us as livestock
people, sportsmen, the Division [of Wildlife Resources] and everybody
else, that we need to face the fact that there is a serious situation
coming in our direction,' Hallows, second vice president of the
Utah Cattlemen’s Association, told the board. "
Before anyone gets their feathers ruffled, let me state as a conservation
hunter my first priority is the wildlife and their habitat. With
that said, to seek statewide hunting closures without all the statistics,
is like putting a bandaid on a cut artery. Hunting closures does
not address the habitat decimation by ag/livestock, nor the
effects of the oil and gas industry, which were cited as the two
main factors in the US Fish & Wildlife Services report below.
This week, FWP Director Jeff Hagener released, FWP to
Seek Sage Grouse Hunt Closure Due to Continued Population Decline
Previously he stated:
"Sage grouse With the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ordered to
decide whether to list the sage grouse as an endangered species
by 2015, Western states have been working to establish their own
management plans. 'If you think the wolf was a big issue for Montana,
it’s a piker compared to sage grouse,' said Sen. Bradley Hamlett,
D-Cascade, who sits on the council and the governor’s advisory
committee. The governor has appointed a sage grouse advisory committee
which has scheduled 10 meetings between now and October. The plan
is to have a draft out in October with a final report recommended
by late November. Gov. Steve Bullock would then have until early
January to make any adjustments with a plan finalized by the end
of January, said Jeff Hagener, director of Montana Fish, Wildlife
and Parks. Council member Sen. John Brenden, R-Scobey, suggested
that halting the state’s hunting season for sage grouse may
satisfy concerns expressed by some of the state’s partners.
Hagener noted that, scientifically, hunting hasn’t been
seen as affecting the bird’s population, but the perception
is that if oil and gas leasing may be disallowed in certain areas
because the birds are few, then hunting shouldn’t be allowed."
Additionally the US Fish & Wildlife Services published
and Sage-Grouse: A Technical Review of Harvest Management On a Species
of Concern in Wyoming Revised–September2010
"In their March 2010 listing decision, the USFWS concluded that
the key threats to the continued survival of sage - grouse are 1)
habitat loss, fragmentation, and modification and 2) inadequacy
of existing regulatory mechanisms, particularly in relation to energy
and other development . The USFWS also evaluated the 'utilization'
(e.g. hunting) of sage - grouse and concluded that 'the greater
sage - grouse is not threatened by overutilization for commercial,
recreational, scientific, or educational purposes now or in the
foreseeable future' "
BHA Advocates for Science-Based Sage Grouse Management & Hunting
GREATER SAGE-GROUSE HABITAT CONSERVATION STRATEGY Jan 2014