WSR 09-12-053

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed May 28, 2009, 10:53 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Trespassing while hunting.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Hunters sometimes trespass on private property to kill and/or harvest animals. The department will be able to thwart such behavior more effectively if there is a rule prohibiting trespassing while hunting. A violation of such a rule will be penalized under RCW 77.15.400, 77.15.410, and 77.15.430, depending on the animal taken.

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 Lori Preuss, WDFW Enforcement, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2930, fax (360) 902-2155, e-mail at Lori.preuss@dfw.wa.gov. Contact by July 24, 2009. Expected proposal filing on or after August 5, 2009.

May 28, 2009

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office