Bills on bears, wolves near passage in Montana Legislature

From the Montana Standard:

Montana Republican lawmakers used their majorities Tuesday to push several high-profile wildlife bills to the brink of passage in the Legislature.

Lawmakers advanced bills allowing the use of hounds to hunt black bearsdirecting wildlife managers to reduce wolf populations and restricting the state’s response in relocating grizzly bears. The bills, which passed largely along party lines with majority Republicans backing, face a final vote Wednesday to head to the desk of Gov. Greg Gianforte.

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