FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 18-289—Filed October 12, 2018, 1:08 p.m., effective October 12, 2018, 1:08 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: This change will extend the hunting season for the east Olympic Mountains mountain goat hunts A and B, hunt numbers 6012 and 6013 through November 30, 2018, due to partial fire closure.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-415-130.
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: Opportunities to hunt mountain goats are rare. Hunters were put at a disadvantage because much of the hunt area was legally closed by the forest service due to wildfire in that area. No alternative remedies are available.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: October 12, 2018.
acting for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-415-13000CMountain goat seasons and permit quotas.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-415-130, effective immediately, until further notice, the following rules apply:
(1) Due to the recent forest fires, the U.S. Forest Service has closed access to most of the East Olympic Mountains (6-1) mountain goat hunt. This closure will likely remain in effect for most of the 2018 hunting season.
(2) This rule extends the season for both hunts 6012 (East Olympic Mountains A) and 6013 (East Olympic Mountain B) both in area 6-1 to November 30, 2018, allowing permit holders who have not yet harvested to continue hunting where legal access is provided.