HELENA — The Senate is backing a bill that reduces from five days to 24 hours the time hunters have to wait after purchasing a license to hunt black bears.
Houndsmen turned out in force Tuesday to oppose a bill that would allow trapping of mountain lions and support one that would allow the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission to authorize hunting black bears with hounds.
Hunting grizzly bears should be part of the strategy for their management after they no longer need federal Endangered Species Act protection, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee decided Thursday.
Hunting needs to be part of the toolbox for managing grizzly bears when they no longer have endangered species protection, but no one's close to saying what that tool might look like.
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