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Montana legislators could cause the state’s legacy great harm. Fish and game committees want to relieve the tourism industry of millions from the annually hard earned $3.5 billion generated. Representatives in the capital aren’t considering that many of the 38,300 jobs or 1 in 9 workers will suffer from their actions.

Lawmakers must not want the public to know until they’ve passed it, but House Joint Resolution 15 will have a permanent effect on the $193 million in revenues visitors make available to us every year. Sorry, state residents, many of the 52,630-local visitor supported jobs could head elsewhere too.

Anti-tourism officials are working with timber, mining and cattle to dismantle the Endangered Species Act. The very rule that brings our state those jobs and revenue windfalls. One of the most obvious reasons why folks come here is because of the Endangered Species Act. Millions of visitors come to see something wild and pay hundreds of millions of dollars.

HJ 15 wants to delist the grizzly bear across Montana. Not just the Yellowstone Grizzly but every charismatic bruin in state sans best available science or fair legal process.

HJ 15 intends to finish off the grizzly bear, rubber-stamping backroom deals which would sell off huge portions of our public lands along with our children's future. HJ 15 is an abuse of power. You can bet that this will be viewed worldwide as nothing more than a corporate takeover of our state. The trophy hunts will begin and horrified visitors will stay away.

Word will soon get out to the many millions who come to Montana to see the last great animal spectacle that we’ve all been swindled. The fallout will be disastrous for the grizzly and gateway community businesses like mine.

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Please call the capital at (406) 444-4800 demand a stop to HJ 15.

Dan Sullivan,

Livingston

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