GOP-Backed Bills Ask for Less FWP Power

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – A number of lawmakers are making it clear they believe the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks department wields too much power around Montana.

Critics of the department are moving dozens of bills through the Legislature seeking to rein in the agency by reducing its jurisdiction and authority.

The bills in the GOP-dominated Legislature range from restrictions on the department exercising hunting regulations to reductions of its spending on animal management.

Many Republicans say the department has irresponsibly managed Montana’s land and animal resources, hurting the state’s economy.

Agency supporters say it is doing a good job at managing the difficult task of balancing landowner and sportsmen interests and frustration with the department is likely just veiled personal grievances.

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