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Illegal Signs - Fiddle Creek BridgeMeeting with commissioners successful
From President John Gibson
Folks, These photos are of the Fiddle creek bridge crossing the Shields River outside of Livingston Montana.
The road is clearly a County Road and the bridge was probably constructed by the state. Any way, as you can see, there are several signs within the 60 foot right of way indicating that there is no legal access to the river. A local game warden was said to claim that he would ticket anyone attempting to access the river from the bridge area.
On Tuesday March 26 George Bauer, Lou Goosey and I visited the bridge and took measurements to prove the signs were within the right of way.We then attended a meeting with the County Commissioners of Park County. George had scheduled the meeting and presented the evidence to the commissioners. No one opposed our findings.
Dan Vermillion, one of the MT F&G Commission members, was present and later remarked that it was astounding that a bunch of citizen volunteers had to point out such a violation of the law. I thought ,but did not say, " We have been doing this for 25 years.."
And what about the Game Warden? Does he not know the law? How can anyone be given the authority to issue citations without being trained to understand the legal position on these issues?
This Bridge Access law was made abundantly clear by Judge Tucker on the Ruby River case last year and the subsequent state law.