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Meeting addresses proposed changes to hunting regulations

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News from Fish, Wildlife and Parks

KALISPELL — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold a northwest Montana public meeting on the 2016-2017 hunting regulation proposals at Flathead Valley Community College on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. Other informational meetings are scheduled in other towns around the Region as we are invited, but this is the main hearing for the Commissioner to listen and collect public comment from hunters across Region One.

The schedule calls for an open house to be held from 9 to 10 a.m. where FWP biologists and managers will explain information on wildlife populations and proposed regulations. The actual hearing will begin at 10 a.m. Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Gary Wolfe is scheduled to be on hand to listen to comments. Each member of the public who wishes to speak will have a time allotment for each group of tentative regulations.

For northwest Montana Region One, proposed regulation changes may affect hunting white-tailed deer and elk, with some minor changes proposed for mountain goat, moose, sheep, antelope, upland game bird (turkey), black bear, and mountain lion.

Details on all the proposed hunting regulations are available on FWP’s website at the hunting homepage under “opportunity for public comment” at http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting; click “2016-17 Hunting Season Changes - Proposed” where one can provide comment and find additional information on each proposal.

Comments can also be mailed to Wildlife Bureau, Attn: Public Comment, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. 

The Fish and WIldlife Commission will adopt final regulations at its Feb. 11, 2016, meeting in Helena.

For more information, call FWP at 406-752-5501.

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