WSR 11-02-044

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 10-94A -- Filed December 30, 2010, 11:35 a.m. , effective January 30, 2011 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: Amend WAC 232-28-286 2010, 2011, and 2012 Spring black bear seasons and regulations and 232-28-287 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 Cougar permit seasons and regulations.

This filing is to correct filing WSR 10-10-061 on April 30, 2010. Amendments adopted by the fish and wildlife commission were not included in WSR 10-10-061. This filing represents the amendments as adopted by the fish and wildlife commission at the April 9-10, 2010, meeting.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-286 and 232-28-287.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047, 77.12.020, 77.12.570, 77.12.210, 77.12.150, 77.12.240, 77.32.070, 77.32.530.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 10-04-125 on February 3, 2010.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: See WSR 10-10-061.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: April 9-10, 2010.

Miranda Wecker, Chair

Fish and Wildlife Commission

OTS-2955.3


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 09-52, filed 4/15/09, effective 6/16/09)

WAC 232-28-286   2010, 2011, and 2012 Spring black bear seasons and regulations.   It is unlawful to fail to comply with the provisions below. Violators may be punished under RCW 77.15.410, 77.15.245, and 77.15.280 (1)(c).


Who may apply: Anyone with a valid Washington big game license, which includes black bear as a species option.


Hunt areas, permit levels, and season dates for each license year:


Hunt name Hunt area Permits Season datesb
Sherman GMU 101 ((15)) 19 April 15 May 31
Kelly Hill GMU 105 ((10)) 13 April 15 May 31
Douglas GMU 108 ((5)) 7 April 15 May 31
Aladdin GMU 111 ((10)) 13 April 15 May 31
49 Degrees North GMU 117 ((15)) 19 April 15 May 31
Huckleberry GMU 121 ((15)) 19 April 15 May 31
Blue Creek GMU 154 15 April 15 May 31
Dayton GMU 162 15 April 15 May 31
Tucannon GMU 166 5 April 15 May 31
Wenaha GMU 169 45 April 15 June 15
Mt. View GMU 172 15 April 15 May 31
Lick Creek GMU 175 15 April 15 May 31
Couse GMU 181 4 April 15 May 31
Grande Ronde GMU 186 5 April 15 May 31
North Skagit That portion of GMU 418 that is designated as the hunt area by DNR, Sierra Pacific, and Grandy Lake Timber company. 20 April 15 May 31
Monroe That portion of GMU 448 that is designated as the hunt area by DNR, Green Crow, and Longview Timber Lands. 25 April 15 May 31
Copalisa That portion of GMU 642 that is designated as the hunt area by Rayonier Timber Company. 100 April 15 June 15
Kapowsina That portion of GMUs 653 and/or 654 that is designated as the hunt area by Hancock Forest Management and International Forestry. 150 April 15 ((June)) May 15
Lincolna That portion of GMU 501 that is designated as the hunt area by participating commercial timber landowners. ((50)) 75 April 15 ((May 31)) June 15
aSpring black bear hunting seasons under this area constitute a pilot program to reduce black bear damage to trees.
bPermits are valid for the license year they are issued.

Bag limit: One black bear per black bear special permit season.


License required: A valid big game hunting license, which includes black bear as a species option, is required to hunt black bear. One black bear transport tag is included with a big game hunting license that has black bear as a species option.


Hunting method: Hunters may use any lawful big game modern firearm, archery, or muzzleloader equipment for hunting black bear. The use of dogs or bait to hunt black bear is prohibited statewide.


Submitting bear teeth: Successful bear hunters must submit the black bear premolar located behind the canine tooth of the upper jaw.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047, 77.12.020. 09-09-082 (Order 09-52), 232-28-286, filed 4/15/09, effective 6/16/09; 08-01-052 (Order 07-292), 232-28-286, filed 12/13/07, effective 1/13/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 07-01-049 (Order 06-300), 232-28-286, filed 12/14/06, effective 1/14/07; 06-11-030 (Order 06-90), 232-28-286, filed 5/8/06, effective 6/16/06.]

OTS-2956.3


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 09-53, filed 4/15/09, effective 5/16/09)

WAC 232-28-287   2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 Cougar permit seasons and regulations.   It is unlawful to fail to comply with the provisions below. Violators may be punished under RCW 77.15.410, 77.15.245, and 77.15.280 (1)(c).


Who may apply: Anyone with a valid Washington big game license, which includes cougar as a species option.


Hunt areas, permit levels, and season dates for each license year:


Hunt Name Hunt Area Permits Season Datesa
South Cascades GMUs 503, 505, 510-520, 524, 550-574, 653, 654, 667 40 Jan. 1 - Mar. 31
Blue Mountains GMUs 145-154, 162-186 ((40)) 100 Jan. 1 - Mar. 31
Kittitas-Yakima GMUs 328-368 30 Jan. 1 - Mar. 31
Spokane GMUs 124-133 30 Jan. 1 - Mar. 31
((Chelan Those portions of GMUs 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 249, 250, and 251 within Chelan County. 40 Dec. 1-31
Okanogan Those portions of GMUs 203, 209, 215, 218, 233, 224, 231, 239, and 242 within Okanogan County. 40 Dec. 1-31
Okanogan-Ferry GMUs 101,105, 204 20 Dec. 1-31
Stevens-Pend Oreille Those portions of GMUs 108, 111, 113, 117, 121 within Stevens and Pend Oreille counties. 30 Dec. 1-31
Klickitat Those portions of GMUs 382, 388, 578 within Klickitat County. 20 Dec. 1-31))
aPermits are valid for the license year they are issued.

Requirements for Cougar Seasons:


Bag limit:
One (1) cougar per license year, excluding public safety cougar removals. It is unlawful to kill or possess spotted cougar kittens or adult cougars accompanied by spotted kittens.


License required: A valid big game hunting license, which includes cougar as a species option, is required to hunt cougar.


Tag information: One cougar transport tag is included with a big game license that has cougar as a species option.


Hunting method: The use of dogs to hunt cougar is prohibited except by a public safety cougar removal permit (WAC 232-12-243) or commission authorized hound permit (WAC 232-28-285).


Cougar pelt sealing: Any person who takes a cougar must comply with the sealing requirements in WAC 232-12-024.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047, 77.12.020, 77.12.570, 77.12.210, 77.12.150, 77.12.240. 09-09-083 (Order 09-53), 232-28-287, filed 4/15/09, effective 5/16/09.]

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