(1) "Confirmed sylvatic plague" means the presence of plague-positive fleas, prairie dogs or other mammals has been documented.
(2) "Historically occupied range" means the area encompassed by the outer limits of the historic distribution of a species. The historic range of the black-tailed prairie dogs is depicted on page 12 of the "Conservation Plan for Black-tailed and White-Tailed Prairie Dogs in Montana" published in 2002. This document is posted on the department web page http://fwp.mt.gov.
(3) "Presumed sylvatic plague" means that visual observation indicates evidence of numerical declines in prairie dog numbers in the absence of poisoning or other known sources of prairie dog mortality.
(4) "Receiving area" means the site to which prairie dogs are relocated.
(5) "Sending area" means the site where prairie dogs are currently located and from which prairie dogs may be removed for relocation to another site.
(6) "Translocation" means removing prairie dogs from one location to a new location with the intent to permanently establish them at the new location.
History: 87-1-301, 87-5-105, MCA; IMP, 87-1-301, 87-5-105, MCA; NEW, 2004 MAR p. 1756, Eff. 8/6/04.