Bill continues effort to balance wildlife data with hunter ethics

Balancing the public’s right to know with potentially sensitive data about wildlife is the subject of a bill from an East Helena lawmaker.

Democratic Sen. Jill Cohenour’s Senate Bill 2 builds off of legislation passed in 2019 that banned the use of the exact location of GPS-monitored wildlife obtained through state open records law for the purpose of hunting. The newest bill provides additional language for the release of wildlife location data by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks by allowing the state to determine the appropriate scale of information to be released and to provide a notice to requestors about its prohibited use for hunting.

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