FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: January 30, 2013.
Purpose: To amend cougar hunting rules described in WAC 232-28-297.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-29700C; and amending WAC 232-28-297.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047, 77.12.150.
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: To correct an error that establishes contradictory rules governing areas open for hunting cougar. The seasons for cougar hunting have started, so there is no time for standard rule-making time frames; and this correction will help hunters avoid hunting illegally.
This change also closes specific cougar hunting areas that have met or exceeded the area harvest guideline. Immediate action is necessary to protect cougars from over harvest in hunt areas that have met or exceeded the area harvest guideline.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: January 24, 2013.
General cougar seasons are closed in Game Management Units (GMUs) 105, 108, 111, 117, 121, 145, 157, 166, 175, 178, 149, 154, 157, 162, 163, 242, 243, 328, 329, 335, 522, 642, 648, and 651.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
|WAC 232-28-29700C||2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015 Cougar hunting seasons and regulations.|