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Montana seeks confidentiality for hunters, trappers


Pictured in 1945 are local hunters W.C. Wood, left, and M.G. Waldron,  who found a way to carry back their game from a 15-day elk hunting trip to Montana's Cabinet National Forest. 
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Pictured in 1945 are local hunters W.C. Wood, left, and M.G. Waldron, who found a way to carry back their game from a 15-day elk hunting trip to Montana's Cabinet National Forest. (photo archive / The Spokesman-Review)

HUNTING --  Montana wildlife officials are proposing to keep confidential the names of hunters and trappers who kill any wildlife in the state.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said Tuesday the proposal is in response to complaints that information obtained under Montana’s right-to-know laws is being used to harass and threaten some hunters and trappers.

He was unable to provide specific examples or say how many complaints the agency received.

An existing state law already bars FWP from disclosing identifying information about hunters who kill bears, mountain lions or wolves.

The proposal would expand that confidentiality to trappers and include all game animals or furbearing species.

The agency is requesting the Environmental Quality Council introduce a bill in the 2015 legislative session.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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