WSR 04-21-097

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed October 20, 2004, 11:28 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 04-18-130.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 232-28-284 2005 Spring black bear damage seasons and regulations, the recommended rule creates a spring black bear season to reduce tree damage by bears in the Kapowsin tree farm and Capitol Forest area.

Hearing Location(s): Shilo Inn, 707 Ocean Shores Boulevard N.W., Ocean Shores, 98569, (360) 289-4600, on December 3-4, 2004, at 8:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: December 3, 2004.

Submit Written Comments to: Attn: Wildlife Program Commission Meeting Public Comments, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, e-mail Wildthing@dfw.wa.gov, fax (360) 902-2612, by Tuesday, November 16, 2004.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Susan Yeager by December 1, 2004, TTY (360) 902-2207 or (360) 902-2267.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The rule establishes hunting seasons for black bear in the Kapowsin tree farm and Capitol Forest area. The purpose of the recommended rule is to provide a management tool to reduce black bear damage to trees. The anticipated effect of the recommended rule is a reduced bear population in focused areas that are experiencing heavy tree damage.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Provides a management tool to reduce black bear damage to trees.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 77.12.047.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Dave Brittell, Natural Resources Building, Olympia, (360) 902-2504; and Enforcement: Bruce Bjork, Natural Resources Building, Olympia, (360) 902-2932.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This rule regulates recreational hunters and does not directly regulate small business.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Not hydraulics rules.

October 20, 2004

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-284   2005 Spring black bear damage seasons and regulations.   Spring black bear hunting seasons under this section constitute a three-year pilot program to reduce black bear damage to trees.


Who may apply: Anyone with a valid Washington big game license, which includes black bear.


Hunt areas, permits and season dates:


Hunt name Hunt area 2005 Permits 2005 Season dates Special restrictions
Capitol Forest North A Capitol Forest north of C-line road in GMU 663 25 April 15 - May 15
Capitol Forest North B Capitol Forest north of C-line road in GMU 663 25 May 16 - June 15
Capitol Forest South A Capitol Forest south of C-line road in GMU 663 50 April 15 - May 15
Capitol Forest South B Capitol Forest south of C-line road in GMU 663 50 May 16 - June 15
Kapowsin (All) PLWMA 401 in GMU 653 and 654 100 April 15 - June 15 Hunter must contact Rainier Timber Company for permit and access opportunity. Persons interested in these black bear permits should contact Rainier Timber Company, 31716 Camp 1 Road, Orting, WA 98360. For more information, please call 1-800-782-1493.

Bag limit: One (1) black bear per black bear special permit season.


Hunting method: Hunters may use any lawful big game modern firearm, archery, or muzzleloader equipment for hunting black bear. The use of dogs or bait to hunt black bear is prohibited statewide.


Submitting bear teeth: Successful bear hunters must submit the black bear premolar located behind the canine tooth of the upper jaw.

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