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The passion local fishermen have for the northern pike and the importance of it to the local economy were strong points that were received and understood. The comment portion of the program seemed genuinely directed towards getting our input and no rebuttal or discussion from the other biologists was permitted at that time. All the questions and concerns we’ve heard and covered in many forums over the past months were brought up. There were some new ideas that were enlightening too, for instance “if you want the pike population controlled by anglers as well, why not let us fish in the tribal sloughs that have been closed to non-natives.
The wild card will be the Kalispell Tribe. Will they or are they able to abide by any final “agreements” arrived at by the fishing community? Will the front men of any operation “WDFW biologists” maintain a reasonably good fish population level using fisherman harvest and supplemental means? If nothing else the door is open to a working relationship. A door which seemed tightly shut just a few short months ago.
I would like to express my thanks to all those whom attended from WDFW and the Kalispell Tribe. It meant a lot to the public, their voices were heard. >:"":> >:"":>