WSR 10-07-018

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 10-051 -- Filed March 5, 2010, 4:53 p.m. , effective March 5, 2010, 4:53 p.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: The purpose of this emergency rule is to increase the permit level under the Lincolna hunt from 50 to 75 and to change the season close date from May 31 to June 15.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-286.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047, 77.12.020.

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 change is to the current spring bear WAC, increasing the permit level in the Lincolna hunt from 50 to 75 and changing the season close date from May 31 to June 15. The change warrants emergency rule action, because without an increase in permit levels and a longer season, bear damage will exceed the program's thresholds for tree damage. We are amending the rule now so we are covered by WAC during the permit selection process and season. We plan to make the change permanent during the March-April commission meetings.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: March 5, 2010.

Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-28600C   2010, 2011, and 2012 Spring black bear seasons and regulations.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-286, effective immediately until further notice, under the Lincolna Hunt, increase the permit level from 50 to 75 and change the season dates from April 15-May 31 to April 15-June 15.

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