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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Gary Marbut-MSSA
    To: mssa@mtssa.org
    Sent: Friday, March 20, 2009 5:28 PM
    Subject: HB 443 hearing - next Tuesday
    Dear MSSA Friends,

    HB 443 slipped out of the House when we weren't looking and is now in the Senate, scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Fish and Game Committee next Tuesday, March 24th.

    HB 443 basically authorizes FWP to manage EVERY form of wildlife they don't yet manage, huge mission creep for them. It gives FWP authority to manage "any wild mammal, bird, amphibian, reptile, fish, mollusk, crustacean, or other animal ..." This authority is sought by a run-amok agency that will not even admit that wolves are ravaging our elk herds. Now they want to "manage" (spend money on) mice, snakes and snails. Actually, HB 443 is a stealth attempt for FWP to once again gain regulatory authority over Prairie Dogs. FWP drools over the idea of being able to regulate a species as widespread and plentiful as Prairie Dogs.

    I HIGHLY recommend that you send messages to the Senate Fish and Game Committee members asking them to oppose and simply table HB 443.

    Just FYI, I'll paste below my comment already sent in to SF&G committee members concerning HB 443.

    Best wishes,

    Gary Marbut, president
    Montana Shooting Sports Association
    Montana Shooting Sports Association
    author, Gun Laws of Montana
    Gun Laws of Montana

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    Dear Senator Xxxxx,

    In HB 443, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks seeks the
    most significant leap in mission creep in its history. Actually,
    this mission leap request is a stealth effort in FWP's quest to sweep
    Prairie Dogs into its regulatory net, at least that's the view of the
    FWP-supported Prairie Dog Working Group.

    MSSA opposes regulation of such a plentiful and widespread species as
    Prairie Dogs, as former sessions of the Legislature have agreed.
    Under HB 443, FWP would have authority to regulate ("manage")
    not only Prairie Dogs, but EVERYTHING, the absolute dream of every
    regulatory bureaucracy.

    And, the fiscal note is a joke. Isn't it interesting that if the
    Legislature requires something simple of FWP that FWP doesn't want to do,
    the FWP-generated Fiscal Note will run millions of dollars and require
    busloads of new FTEs? But when FWP wants management authority over
    every form of wildlife yet unregulated, there is no cost - only
    "staff time."

    Under HB 443, FWP would not only assume management of millions of Prairie
    Dogs, but of mice, shrews, gophers, magpies, snakes, lizards and who
    knows what else. In order for FWP to properly manage all these
    animals, it will need to embark on years of biological studies that will
    absorb thousands or tens of thousands of man-hours. This is not how
    hunters and anglers wish their contributions to FWP spent. This
    Legislature may not see the request for more money buried in the current
    FWP budget, but you can bet that future sessions will see demand for
    endless funding for development and implementation of the Montana Mouse
    Management Plan.

    Please table HB 443. FWP doesn't need more mission. FWP needs
    to focus on existing missio

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