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Multiple bills are attempting to redistribute funds that are supposed to go to Habitat Montana. Significant tax revenue from the legalization of marijuana was supposed to be directed to a fund in that is used to purchase high quality wildlife habitat and conservation easements but instead lawmakers are trying to redirect it to other projects.
A few bills related to easements have been stopped but it sounds like there will likely be continued attacks on conservation easements in the state so we've been cautioned to stay alert.
The Montana Wild Sheep Foundation held their annual fundraising event where they gave an update on the "State of the Sheep" where we heard updates on various sheep projects along with the current status of many herds.
Some encouraging new research is on the horizon as a significant amount of funding has been secured specifically for bighorn sheep research in Montana.
A presentation from Working Dogs for Conservation was extremely exciting and sheep advocates are optimistic that dogs will be able to smell diseased bighorn sheep which would expedite the sampling process and allow managers to make quick decisions.
For the Deeper Dive we are talking about shed antler hunting and how timing of antler hunting coincides with one of the most crucial times of the year for wintering wildlife and added stress can be significant to wildlife populations.
00:21 Montana Legislative Update
04:46 MT Wild Sheep Foundation - State of the Sheep
09:21 Deeper Dive - Shed Antler Hunting