PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
FISH AND WILDLIFE
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Wildlife interaction regulations.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.055, 77.12.047, 77.12.240, and chapter 77.36 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To address human/wildlife conflicts and property damage.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Several wildlife species are subject to United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) regulation in Washington as part of the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and other federal laws. Regular coordination occurs between Washington department of fish and wildlife (WDFW) and the USFWS, and state regulations are designed to fit within the parameters of the USFWS's regulation guidelines. In addition, the USDA's Wildlife Services branch works with many entities across the state to mitigate wildlife conflicts and damage. WDFW also regularly coordinates activities with USDA and has both a memorandum of understanding and individual contracts with USDA for assistance with wildlife conflict issues.
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 Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2515, fax (360) 902-2162, e-mail Wildthing@dfw.wa.gov.
April 25, 2013