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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on a proposed change to the state’s classification of exotic wildlife. The alteration would allow three exotic wildlife species to be possessed and sold as pets in Montana. A public hearing is set for 6 p.m. on Jan. 14 at the Helena FWP headquarters building, 1420 E. Sixth Ave.

The three species proposed as noncontrolled species are the Eritrea clawed frog, Cameroon volcano frog and the hermit crab.

The FWP Commission is required by law to classify exotic species into controlled, noncontrolled or prohibited categories and to manage any associated permitting. The import, possession and sale of exotic species is regulated in order to minimize the potential health and safety risks that these species may present to humans, wildlife, livestock and agriculture.

A full list of classified exotic species is available at FWP’s Web site at fwp.mt.gov under Exotic Species. Exotic species not yet classified cannot be imported into Montana. Forms to petition for classification of an exotic species are available by calling 406-444-2449.

Public comment on the proposed rule changes must be made by Jan. 21 by e-mail to fwpexotics@mt.gov or in writing to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attn: Exotic Species, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

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