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Montana — New Licensing Changes in 2000

Hunters and anglers purchasing Conservation Licenses and licenses obtained through most special drawings will need, by law, to furnish one new piece of information in 2000 — their Social Security number. Senate Bill 76, passed by the 1999 Montana State Legislature, requires Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to obtain a Social Security number from resident and nonresident license applicants — including youth — beginning this year.

California — Effective Gun Control

After not using his gun for more than 51 years, an 83-year-old San Francisco man used it to shoot and kill an intruder in his San Francisco home, according to the man and police.

A. D. Parker said noises made by the intruder woke him up about 2 a.m. He said he grabbed his .38 Special from under a rug in his bedroom, walked to the door and fired once.

The 49-year-old intruder, also of San Francisco, died while on the way to the hospital. Police say the shooting appears to have been self-defense.

Editors Note: Somehow stories like this never make the TV news or the front page of the newspaper. But if a gun is used by a criminal or a nut, where do you think it appears?

Grizzly Bears

The grizzly was listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act in 1975 and afforded federal protection. Over the past 25 years, the grizzly population in the greater Yellowstone region has increased from about 200 bears to an estimated 400-600 or more today.

Montana — New Youth Trapper Camp

Trapping has one of the longest histories of any outdoor activity in Montana. Young trappers will have an opportunity June 23, 24 and 25 to learn about that history, as well as about trapping techniques, furbearer identification, outdoor ethics, fur handling and other important social and biological issues related to trapping. The camp is sponsored by the Montana Trappers Association, in partnership with the 4-H Program and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

The trapping camp will held in the Bear Paw Mountains, south of Havre. The training is primarily geared to young trappers, but adults are welcome.

For further information or to register, please contact Jim or Fran Buell, P.O. Box 133, Gildford, MT 59525 (e-mail: FWP will offer a $20 scholarship to each of the first 60 young campers that sign up. The full fee is $40 per camper and covers the cost of meals, campsite and facilities for the weekend. Registration is due by April 15 for those applying for a scholarship. The registration deadline is May 15.

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