10-07: Wolves & Endangered Species Act

WHEREAS, livestock production is a vital economic component of Montana’s economy,

WHEREAS, recreational hunting and outfitting are vital components of Montana’s economy,

WHEREAS, in MCA 76-15-102, it states: “Declaration of Policy.  It is hereby declared to be the policy of the legislature to provide for the conservation of soil and soil resources of this state, for the control and prevention of soil erosion, for the prevention of floodwater and sediment damages, and for furthering the conservation, development, utilization, and disposal of water and thereby  to preserve natural resources, protect the tax base, protect public lands, and protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the people of this state.”,

WHEREAS, wolf populations are steadily increasing and big game animal populations, particularly moose and elk, are decreasing and the number of predations on livestock are rapidly increasing,

WHEREAS, wolves have been re-listed on the Endangered Species List, thereby reducing wolf management options,

WHEREAS, responsible agencies—both Federal and State—have been slow to respond to eliminate problem wolves;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD);

  1. Support federal legislation to amend the endangered species act in such a manner to allow delisting of wolves.
  2. Support additional funding for Animal Damage control and fair compensation for losses.
  3. Support and encourage Fish, Wildlife and Parks to act more swiftly and with greater force to eliminate problem wolf packs.