From the _Billings Gazette:
_A bill up for a state Senate hearing this week calls on legislators to declare walleye . . . a native of Montana even though scientists widely say the fish was transplanted to the state.
_”We firmly believe that walleye were here all the time,” said Bob Gilbert, executive director and lobbyist for Walleyes Unlimited of Montana. . . .
_Designating walleye a Montana native, as some of the state’s trout species are classified, would be like legislating that the sun rises in the west, says Trout Unlimited, a national conservation group.
“We’re baffled that they are trying to suspend natural history,” said Bruce Farling, Trout Unlimited’s Montana executive.