WSR 10-24-087

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed November 30, 2010, 2:02 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Game management unit boundaries; deer and elk area boundaries; deer, elk, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, moose, cougar, black bear, and turkey seasons and permit levels; special closures and firearm restriction areas; harvest reporting; trapping regulations; and private lands public access.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047, 77.12.150, 77.12.320, 77.15.280, 77.32.070, and ESHB 2438, section 1, chapter 178, Laws of 2007 (uncodified).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Manage game species harvest and provide clarification and recreational opportunity.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

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 Nate Pamplin, Wildlife Program, Deputy Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98504-1091, phone (360) 902-2515. Contact by January 10, 2011. Expected proposal filing on or after January 19, 2011.

November 30, 2010

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office