Wildlife groups, energy firms to debate development

HELENA – This weekend in Great Falls, hunting groups, wildlife managers and others will raise the alarm about how runaway oil-and-gas development in Montana could have a huge effect on wildlife.

“As we looked at this issue more and more, and what’s occurred in Wyoming and Colorado, we (thought), ‘We don’t want to be like them,’ ” said Craig Sharpe, executive director of the Montana Wildlife Federation. “We don’t want the large footprint, the damage that has occurred in Wyoming.”

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