FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: The purpose of this rule, WAC 232-12-24300F, 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. The application deadline is October 19, 2009.
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, 2009, until October 19, 2009, in order to lengthen the reporting period for public safety situations involving cougars. The current application deadline of October 1, 2009, would prevent information gleaned from the extended reporting period from being used to plan and implement the cougar removal program as required. Cougar removal programs are critical to preventing cougar populations from growing beyond manageable numbers. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 28, 2009.