Just a few comments on a article about the Wolf stamp.
"This is a welcome development. Even if some of the money goes to ranchers and some is used for research which is not yet defined, it gives non-consumptive wildlife users leverage in commenting on and influencing FWP wildlife policies."
" As a non-consumptive user who lives in Montana this is exactly what we have been needing for a long time now. Please do not sit here and dismiss it as some way for hunters to gain more ground on killing wolves. Right now RMEF is funding the research on wolves. That isn't working. We need a seat at that table! And this stamp is making anti-wolf people nervous. That alone is a good thing."
" I support the wildlife for non-consumptive usage stamp. I also totally see Dave Taylor and Rocky Sehnerts points of view and agree also. But, I think this is albeit not perfect a step in a good direction, if us non-consumptive wildlife enjoyers really will step up and purchase a stamp in droves. This was done in another state I once resided in and the benefit was that it clearly told that state's version of MTFWP, that yes there are plenty of people who view wildlife as free-living individuals, that we enjoy alive and thriving, not dead mercilessly in traps, hunting, whatnot. It is not perfect and although I bristle at ranchers getting special compensations, I also know that if it keeps them and I would hope so, from SSB, shoot, shovel and bury as they put it and perceive troublesome wildlife, well it is a compromise. FYI, I am the guardian of some farm animals, I have the same right to speak as the ranchers, as my farm animals always can be at-risk of harm from wildlife entering our MT property. And, trust me, if one of the farm animals on my land were killed by a wild animal, it would break my heart, as each individual farm animal is precious to me. I will see no benefit at all financially from this stamp, I would never out it if my farm animal was killed by wildlife, as I know the state would descend and kill of the pesty wild animal, which is what they are oh so good at. I choose to live in peace with wildlife and know we are intruding upon their lands, not the other way around. So, any form of $$ help as let's face it MTFWP is about money and funding, let's have our say to help wildlife. "