FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: The purpose of this rule, WAC 232-12-24300E, is to provide sufficient time for applicants of public-safety cougar-removal permits to obtain the licenses and tags necessary to participate in the public-safety cougar-removal season.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-12-243.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047, 77.04.020, and 77.15.245.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.
Reasons for this Finding: This emergency rule is needed to extend the public-safety cougar-removal application date from October 1, 2008, until October 17, 2008. The department delayed designating the game management units and permit numbers for the upcoming cougar-removal season, to extend the reporting period for public-safety situations involving cougars. The current application deadline of October 1, 2008, would prevent information gleaned from the extended reporting period from being used to plan and implement the cougar-removal program as required. There is insufficient time to promulgate permanent rules prior to the current deadline.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: September 18, 2008.
Loreva M. Preuss
for Jeff Koenings
Reviser's note: The bracketed material preceding the section above was supplied by the code reviser's office.