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Fish and Wildlife settles with reassigned warden

By The Associated Press
Published On: Jul 28 2013 12:04:32 PM MDT
HELENA, Mont. -

The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is settling with a warden who argued he was wrongfully transferred after investigating law enforcement officers in Lake County.
    
Agency officials reached the deal last month with Frank Bowen, saying they regret statements that may have damaged his reputation. The department has agreed to compensate Bowen $1,300.
    
Bowen was a longtime Polson warden who was transferred in August to a post in the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
    
The move came after Bowen told a legislative committee that the Lake County attorney had stymied his effort to bring poaching charges against officers with the Lake County Sheriff's Department, the Polson Police Department and the Flathead Tribal Police Department.
    
The Lake County attorney has said Bowen's accusations were without merit.