The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission is seeking public comment on the proposed classification of two exotic species as either controlled or prohibited in the state.
The Pacific white shrimp, a nine-inch long saltwater prawn caught and farmed for food, is being proposed to be added to the controlled species list. Additionally, the African soft-furred, or natal, rat, newly popular in the pet trade, is being proposed to be added to the prohibited species list.
The commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed classifications on June 24, at 6 p.m., at FWP headquarters in Helena, 1420 East 6th Ave.
The commission has the authority to adopt rules to classify exotic species into controlled, non-controlled, or prohibited categories as recommended by the Classification Review Committee. A permit is required to possess, sell, purchase, breed, or exchange species classified as controlled. Non-controlled species may be privately owned. Prohibited species may not be possessed in Montana.
To view or comment on the proposals, visit FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov; then click “News” and “Rules“.
Public comment must be made by July 2 and can also be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or, mailed to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Fisheries Division–Exotics; P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.
FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with special needs. To request arrangements call FWP at 406-444-9785.
(Report by Montana FWP)