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Rick Hill’s wildlife plan serves the public

2012-10-05T01:08:00Z Rick Hill’s wildlife plan serves the publicJeff Darrah Retired FWP game warden captain Stevensville Helena Independent Record

If you haven’t yet read gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill’s “Sportsmen’s Policy” at rickhillforgovernor.com you should. Hill boldly states his positions on Montana’s wildlife and its management. Hill is clear that shortcomings in FWP leadership need to be addressed and the department needs to embrace their original mission of serving hunters, anglers, landowners and the recreating public.

Hill is clear that FWP needs to develop a large predator management plan and start addressing predator issues immediately. Hill simply says that FWP will manage wildlife to improve populations based on the best available science, not politics.

Elk and deer numbers in some parts of the state have been decimated due to purely political decisions, and a failure to realize the ramifications of those decisions. It wasn’t bad biology or poaching that reduced these herds, it was politics pure and simple. While voices at meetings and committee hearings grew louder and more frustrated, those in charge ignored the obvious as game numbers plummeted and predator numbers grew exponentially.

A basic premise in wildlife management is that hunters get the opportunity to harvest surplus animals in excess of an areas carrying capacity. High predator numbers have reduced or eliminated those surpluses in many areas of the state. If you are an anti-hunter, maybe these are signs that the world is righting itself on its axis and hunting will no longer be needed as a management tool. If you are a hunter, an outfitter or a business owner who relies on sportsmens’ dollars, it may seem more like the world is coming to an end.

I applaud Rick Hill for his brave move to keep Montana the “Last Best Place” and to keep our hunting heritage alive. As a hunter, I am voting for Rick Hill.

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  1. wonkerbean
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    wonkerbean - October 06, 2012 10:11 am
    When Hill gets involved we can expect fees and licenses to go up.
  2. GreatWhite
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    GreatWhite - October 05, 2012 8:21 am
    ...and before the comments start flying; Man is the ONLY species that can have a huge impact on the whole environment (Whether positive OR negative!), AND man is the only species that validates destroying elements of that environment and pretends man has the right to do so!
  3. GreatWhite
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    GreatWhite - October 05, 2012 8:10 am
    "A basic premise in wildlife management is that hunters get the opportunity to harvest surplus animals in excess of an areas carrying capacity. High predator numbers have reduced or eliminated those surpluses in many areas of the state. If you are an anti-hunter, maybe these are signs that the world is righting itself on its axis and hunting will no longer be needed as a management tool. If you are a hunter, an outfitter or a business owner who relies on sportsmens’ dollars, it may seem more like the world is coming to an end."

    Bummer. Sucks to be a hunter that can't share wildlife with predators...or an outfitter or a business owner who relies on sportsmens dollars. Hill is part of a bigger problem obviously. In the past, other species have faced a period wherein they either adapted to an evolving landscape or passed away into history books forever. That was known as 'natural selection'...this happened to the cave bear and the dire wolf to list a couple...it wasn't because they were weaker then their competition...it's because they lacked the ablility to adapt. Thus causing what is modern wolf and bear. Now, along comes man and wants to rewrite history on his own at the expense of the wolf today...per the RMEF it will be at the expense of the great and mighty grizzly bear tomorrow. If you are okay with that, you're kind of a fool. I post against this activity often, and some care, it seems most either don't or oppose 'natural predation' as an effective tool. Even though it has been occuring for literally millions of years bridging gaps between species of animals man has never run across except in the fossil record. But "Oh no"...man obviously knows what is best for nature. I've said it before, I'll say it again...man only knows what is best for man. And man only sees short term...what is 'best' for man today, is NOT what is best for man tomorrow. You see cattle, wolves and elk. The world consists of a larger battlefield, on land and in water, and man is destroying Earth from all sides, eventually, it will all meet in the middle and we will have re-created Easter Island again, except Globally! What will we do then?? You figure it out...if you are causing it...you have fun finding THAT solution when it happens!

    As a 'game warden captain' Mr. Darrah...you don't seem like you were in the right profession. Do you know the warden that asphyxiated the mountain lion cub last year?? Seems counterproductive to protecting the wildlife. Doesn't it??

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