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« on: October 12, 2010, 05:30:21 PM »

From M4x4a Forum:

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DILLON - Kerry Wahl was off duty, but the state game warden said the violation was so blatant he had to interrupt a day of hunting.

In plain view, a hunter was driving off road dragging an elk across a piece of state land with his ATV. Wahl pulled over and approached the man, whose first words were a simple ‘I'll pay the fine.'"

"He knew what he was doing was wrong, but he was going to use that ATV to get that elk," said Wahl, a game warden with the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. "He didn't care."

Neither do a growing number of people using four-wheel drive vehicles and ATVs, state land managers say. The number of

people owning ATVs has increased dramatically in recent years and that has corresponded with more and more people riding off route.
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2010, 11:29:08 AM »

Evidently Biologist Craig Fager has not been around elk habitat very much.  I wish I had a dollar for every elk I have seen on or near a road.  Game security is certainly of concern,  but let's define game security and put it in logical context.  Does "game security" mean protecting game animals from humans so they can be eaten alive by wolves?  It would seem so.
Fines should be increased for violations.
Responsible off road user groups are willing to work with managing agencies to help mitigate these problems.  Montana FWP has not shown much interest in this. Many other western state embrace motorized recreation and bennefit financially from it. Montana has potential to do the same, but management is biased towards management as wilderness.

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