WSR 99-18-046

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed August 27, 1999, 8:20 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Game management units; muzzleloader area descriptions; hunting hours; small game seasons; private lands wildlife management areas; black bear/cougar seasons and regulations; big game and turkey auction permits and raffles; black bear special permits; wildlife rehabilitation.

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

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Maximize public recreational opportunity without impairing wildlife populations. Additional requirements for permitted individuals who want to rehabilitate wildlife that may pose a threat to humans.

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 Dave Brittell, Assistant Director, Wildlife Program, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, (360) 902-2504. Contact by October 15, 1999 (rule proposal filing expected to be November 3, 1999).

August 26, 1999

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office