Montana's outstanding wildlife: Public trust or private property? October 30, 2010




Montana's outstanding wildlife: Public trust or private property? October 30, 2010 Billings Gazette

Initiative 161 is a complex ballot initiative that would abolish outfitter-sponsored licenses, substantially increase nonresident license fees for deer and ...Today, the public trust is under fire by those who once again want to capitalize on wildlife. Attempts to privatize wildlife by commercial interests (hunting outfitters) have become all too prevalent. It is commonplace to hear of wealthy nonresidents purchasing land in Montana for exclusive hunting opportunities. This generally results in a loss of access to Montana residents for both the private property, and the public lands held within or beyond the deeded boundaries.



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