This morning, the following e-mail and an attached LOBO WATCH release (link provided for the published release below) went to Governor Steve Bullock, to the FWP Commission, some FWP supervisors and managers, and to a number of state senators and representatives, plus it went to dozens of sportsman/conservation organizations and to several hundred Montana residents.
The State of Montana has pussyfooted around the predator issue in this state for far too long. For the past seven or eight years, sportsmen who have witnessed the continued crash of big game populations all along the Western one-third of this state have cried out that time was running out to save those herds. Well, time has run out!
The attached release takes a look at the problem, who's at fault, and the ONLY chance we have at saving what's left as seed for bringing these herds back.
Please take a few minutes to write Governor Steve Bullock at "Governor Steve Bullock" <firstname.lastname@example.org> and insist that he take a strong stand in favor of the drastic reduction of predators in this state. It's the ONLY chance our big game herds have at recovering.
Dear Governor Bullock;
The token wolf seasons which have been conducted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, coupled with totally inadequate harvests of other major predators for more than a decade, have resulted in a glut of predators which are now destroying the past 75 years of wildlife conservation in this state.
Following the 2012 big game hunting season, during which hunters in roughly the Western 1/3 of this state experienced the worse hunting season of their lives, preceded by seasons that have progressively gotten worse, the sportsmen who have funded MT FWP clearly see the problem. Our state wildlife agency has concentrated way too much on managing predators, allowing our big game herds to take a real beating.
There is only one way to reverse the loss, and that is to dramatically reduce the number of wolves, mountain lions and bears in Montana. The attached LOBO WATCH release takes a more detailed look at the problem...and what it will take to allow big game and other wildlife populations to recover.
This will be the hottest issue you will have to face through your term in office. How aggressively and effectively you work to save this Montana treasure during your first term in office will surely dictate whether or not you even have a shot at a second term.
MT FWP has already proven that predator management does not work, now it's way past time for some serious predator control.
To read the release sent to the Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Go To - http://www.lobowatch.com/