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Among public documents, a handful cite a “violation of an order or rule of a commission or department”, but provide no further details about the order or rule suspected of having been violated . Subsequent phone calls with the game wardens who issued the warnings or citations showed that none had been written due to the failure of the certification class other than Gianforte’s.

But Lemon says that due to the extent of warnings and citations filed under ordinances or rules, it is possible that not all wolf-related documents were entered in the registration application. Game wardens may file documents simply as a violation of the “rules” rather than citing the specific rule. The documents are clearer when it comes to violations of specific laws, such as wasting game or over-possession laws, he said.

Game wardens are encouraged, when writing a citation or warning, to include details of the allegations in a “notes” section. This doesn’t always happen, Lemon said, and if the notes don’t include a reference to a specific species, that particular record may not appear in a database search.

“There is no way for you and I to conclusively say that there is no one else who has been cited for this violation,” he said in reference to the written warning. of the governor.

Other commission rule violations captured in the request included failing to check wolf traps every 48 hours, not properly labeling a trap, and setting the pan tension on a trap that was too light. Pan tension is the amount of pressure required to trigger a foot trap, and regulations require higher tension when trapping wolves to avoid small animals.


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