OPINION: Hollow complaints on elk management

Debby Barrett, former lawmaker from Dillon, is reprimanding Montana FWP for not using more tools to kill more elk in Montana.

Pointing to her legislation from nearly 20 years ago, she highlights tools FWP should use, including “liberalized harvests, game damage hunts, landowner permits, (and) animal relocation.”

Conveniently, Barrett fails to mention that these very tools — save the logistically challenging relocation of elk — are widely employed by FWP already. The only reason these tools aren’t successful everywhere is because some landowners opt not to implement them. It’s really that simple.

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