For several years now, FWP has been involved
in an Elk Management In Areas With Brucellosis program.
The 2004 Statewide Elk Management Plan
(which is the current version) provided no process for managing
elk with brucellosis in regards to livestock. In the years since
the 2007 brucellosis cattle infections, the Department of Livestock
of laid the brucellosis transmission vector at the feet of the elk.
Without pursuing the legally and scientifically required environmental
review to update management of elk, FWP pursued a rogue process
that violated Montana law - establishing a working group to produce
management actions which then went through FWP Commission approval
process and because of the significantly radical program, has remained
under Commission oversight.
Repeatedly, I and others have confronted
FWP administrators in Helena and the FWP Commission with their deviation
from their own approved program, but then researching the law, I
began confronting them in the fall of 2013 with their legal responsibility
to conduct an environmental review - MEPA. All of this process is
documented on the Elk
Brucellosis Management page, as well as the specific
County "Working Group" page.
Montana's Wildlife & Habitat v. Montana Department of Fish,
Wildlife & Parks and Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission
Case number ADV201522
10, 2015 Press Release