Senate Bill 342 deserves the support of all Montana property rights advocates. This bill limits the Department of Livestock's authority to enter private land to haze buffalo to situations where buffalo pose an imminent threat to livestock based on scientifically derived criteria.
This bill will reduce the DOL's abuse of property rights, while protecting livestock from disease transmission from buffalo. The abuses that landowners near Yellowstone have long suffered at the hand of the DOL are myriad and well-documented. They include denying these landowners rights which are taken for granted by all other Montanans.
The DOL's hazing activities are also often characterized by blatant disregard for the real property and personal safety of landowners. They deny these landowners the exclusive use of their property and privacy. The DOL uses property without compensating landowners. They do not repair damaged fences caused by buffalo they stampede. DOL hazing activities are basically unreasonable searches and seizures, conducted without procedural safeguards such as warrants.
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Finally, the DOL's actions expose these landowners to the danger of stampeding buffalo in close proximity to residences. Please join me and urge your state representatives to support SB 342 and help protects the property rights of all Montanans.