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Mont. gov. overhauls Fish, Wildlife, Parks panel

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The governor has named three new members to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commission, an overhaul to the panel that is a lightning rod on issues from wolf and bison management to conflicts between landowners and hunters.

Richard Stuker of Chinook, Matthew Tourtlotte of Billings and Lawrence Wetsit of Wolf Point will take their new positions in time for the panel’s April 11 meeting, Gov. Steve Bullock said Tuesday.
Bullock, a Democrat, also said current commissioner Dan Vermillion will replace Bob Ream as chairman, with Ream retaining one of the five seats on the commission.

 

“Serving on this commission is demanding and its members have to deal with complex and, at times, very contentious issues,” Bullock said in a statement.

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