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State Sen. Fred Thomas is wrong in his opinions of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (guest column, Sept. 4). Revoking the ban on lead shot and tackle may have made a few hunters and fishers happy, but it is devastating for wildlife. That is the first of many things Zinke has done or is trying to do that will undermine protections to our public lands and wildlife.

If he really wanted to help, he would work to restore funding to the agencies he oversees. All natural resource agencies have had their funding cut year after year for decades. Now they no longer have the means or the personnel to perform the duties Congress requires.

Instead Zinke wants to cut their funding yet again. He really wants to privatize public lands and eliminate wildlife protections. He is a rich trophy hunter! He does not display the values of most Montanans. That's because he isn't one of us.

Mari von Hoffmann,

Missoula

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