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Recommendations from a citizen advisory board on potential changes to elk management and hunting have been analyzed by state wildlife managers and released for public comment.

The 12-member Elk Management Citizen Advisory Group was formed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Director Hank Worsech earlier this year following a contentious season-setting process and debate over how to manage some burgeoning elk populations and difficulties with public access. The group met 10 times from March to July, advancing 14 recommendations to FWP.

As an advisory group, the body does not have the power to enact policy — that lies with FWP, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Legislature. But Worsech has said the recommendations will be considered in concert with other advisory committees and an update to the state’s elk management plan as the state looks at potential regulation changes for elk.

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Tom Kuglin is the deputy editor for the Lee Newspapers State Bureau. His coverage focuses on outdoors, recreation and natural resources.

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