...(8) “Take” means to harass, hunt, capture, or kill or attempt to harass, hunt, capture, or kill wildlife....
Citation: MCA 87-5-102.
...(3) Except as otherwise provided in this part, it is unlawful for any person to take, possess, transport, export, sell, or offer for sale and for any common or contract carrier knowingly to transport or receive for shipment any species or subspecies of wildlife appearing on any of the following lists:
(a) the list of wildlife indigenous to the state determined to be endangered within the state pursuant to subsection (1);
(b) any species or subspecies of fish and wildlife included by the department and appearing on the United States' list of endangered native fish and wildlife (part 17 of Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, appendix D) as it appears on July 1, 1973; and the United States' list of endangered foreign fish and wildlife (part 17 of Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, appendix A), as that list may be modified...
Citation: MCA 87-5-107.
(1) The director shall establish programs, including acquisition of land or aquatic habitat, that are considered necessary for management of nongame and endangered wildlife. The department shall establish policies that are necessary to carry out the purpose of 87-5-109 and this section.
(2) In carrying out programs authorized by this section, the department may enter into agreements with federal agencies, political subdivisions of the state, or with private persons for administration and management of any area established under 87-5-109 and this section or used for management of nongame or endangered wildlife.
(3) The governor shall review other programs administered by the governor and, to the extent practicable, use those programs in furtherance of the purposes of 87-5-109 and this section. The governor shall also encourage other state and federal agencies to use their authorities in furtherance of the purposes of 87-5-109 and this section.
Citation: MCA 87-5-108.
(1) If the United States fish and wildlife service removes the Northern Rocky Mountain or gray wolf from the United States' list of endangered or threatened wildlife, the department is authorized to remove the wolf from the state list of endangered species upon a determination by the department pursuant to this part that the wolf is no longer endangered.
(2) Following state delisting of the wolf, the department shall manage the wolf as a species in need of management until the department and the commission determine that the wolf no longer needs protection as a species in need of management and can be managed and protected as a game animal. Upon making that determination, the commission may declare the wolf a big game animal or a furbearer and may regulate the taking of a wolf as a big game animal or furbearer.
(a) Following state delisting of the wolf, the department, or the department of livestock, pursuant to 81-7-102 and 81-7-103, may control wolves for the protection and safeguarding of livestock if the control action is consistent with a wolf management plan approved by both the department and the department of livestock.
(b) Any wolf management plan approved by the department and the department of livestock must allow the issuance of special kill permits, also known as shoot-on-sight written take authorizations, by the department to landowners or public land permittees who have experienced livestock depredation.
Citation: MCA 87-5-131.
(1) As part of a wolf management plan approved by the department, a radio-tracking collar or a collar that uses global positioning system technology must be attached to at least one wolf in each wolf pack that is active near livestock or near a population center in areas where depredations are chronic or likely.
(2) The department may expend any state and federal funds received for wolf management purposes and the portion of money allocated from the wolf management account established in 87-1-623 to fulfill the requirements of this section.
(3) The department shall collaborate and cooperate and may enter into agreements with other state and federal agencies, including the United States department of agriculture wildlife services, to fulfill the requirements of this section.
Citation: MCA 87-5-132.
(1) In enforcing this chapter, the department or its authorized agents, upon reasonable cause, may enter upon private and public premises and property with a warrant or consent of the inhabitant or owner to inspect or investigate at reasonable times:...
(i) a person's compliance with pesticide ground water and environmental protection agency endangered species standards and labeling...
(2) The department is authorized to investigate all incidents involving the application, sale, introduction, or use of registered pesticides or compounds capable of acting in the manner of pesticides when the incidents have a reasonable potential to adversely affect the public environment or persons.
(3) The investigation or inspection authority provided for in this section may be exercised over persons not possessing a required license or permit.
Citation: MCA 80-8-304.