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(Photo by Thom Bridge, Helena IR)

A hearing on proposed limitations to motorized watercraft drew a standing-room-only crowd in Helena Wednesday evening, with most testifying against any new restrictions.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks held public hearings on Backcountry Hunters and Anglers’ Quiet Waters Initiative in Helena and Great Falls Wednesday, following earlier meetings in Billings, Kalispell, Missoula and Bozeman.

In May, BHA petitioned the Fish and Wildlife Commission, saying new regulations would prevent conflicts between recreationists, improve safety and maintain traditional use. The commission agreed a “proactive” approach was a discussion worth having, and put the petition into rulemaking to seek public input.

FWP opposed the initiative, citing current laws as adequate to protect safety.

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Initiative Limiting Motorized Watercraft Draws Mostly Opposition In Helena

Tom Kuglin - Helena Independent Record (Jan. 12, 2017)