WSR 99-10-103

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed May 5, 1999, 9:45 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Pelt sealing; taxidermy reporting; trappers report; baiting for wild animals; hunting restrictions; hunting with live birds as decoys; baiting of game birds; repealing incisor tooth requirements.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.010, 77.12.040.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Elimination of duplicate information; requires tag be attached to pelt [to] ensure tag goes with correct pelt; wording and intent consistency; allows lethal dispatch of lawfully trapped nonfurbearing animals; makes it unlawful to use live wild turkey decoys to hunt turkey; makes it unlawful to hunt game birds in a posted upland bird feeding site.

These changes are being proposed as a result of agency and public review as per the Governor's Executive Order 97-02 on Regulatory Improvement.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mike Kuttel, Assistant Director, Wildlife Management Program, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, (360) 902-2504. Contact by June 1, 1999, rule proposal filing expected to be June 23, 1999.

May 5, 1999

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office