FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: The purpose of this emergency rule is to change the season-end date for the North Skagit and Monroe spring black-bear hunts from May 31 to June 15, 2013, and to change the number of permits for the North Skagit hunt from 20 to 30.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-28600E; and amending WAC 232-28-286.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047, 77.12.150, and 77.12.240.
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: Without a longer season in both spring black-bear hunt areas, and additional permits in the North Skagit hunt area, bear damage to trees will exceed the landowner's tolerance thresholds.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: February 14, 2013.
(a) The season timeframe for the Monroe spring black-bear hunt is April 15 - June 15, 2013.
(b) The season timeframe for the North Skagit spring black-bear hunt is April 15 - June 15, 2013, and the number of permits is 30.
(2) Unless otherwise amended, all other provisions of WAC 232-28-286 remain in effect.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
|WAC 232-28-28600E||2013, 2014, and 2015 Spring black bear seasons and regulations (13-25).|