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John Esp is running for Montana State Senate in SD-30.

Last weekend we had another grizzly bear mauling in the Gardiner Basin buffer zone. Earlier, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service delisted the grizzly bear. The grizzly had recovered in the Yellowstone ecosystem. Wyoming and Idaho instituted grizzly hunts. However, Montana’s Fish & Wildlife Commission, led by John Esp’s opponent, succumbed to pressure from liberal environmentalists and green decoy groups. A Missoula judge stopped the hunt.

In 2015 Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists proposed raising the Gardiner Basin wolf hunt quota from two to six. The proposal was shot down by the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, chaired by John Esp’s opponent. Why was the five-man, governor-appointed commission so predator-friendly? It’s easy. Just follow the money at camptrackext.gov. Select the candidate. Read financial reports. It’s public information.

In Senate District 30, John Esp’s opponent reported $54,548 in donations. Donors in SD-30 gave $18,613. Those outside SD-30 donated $35,435 with $12,325 from out of state. John Esp reports donations of $20,640 with $470 from out of state.

Edwin Johnson

Gardiner

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