FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-183—Filed August 7, 2019, 9:47 a.m., effective August 7, 2019, 9:47 a.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: The proposal will amend existing WAC 220-415-090 until the filed CR-103P becomes permanent.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-415-090.
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: The agency filed a CR-103P, WSR 19-15-028 allowing a hunting opportunity in eastern Washington to increase the bag limit to two bears per license year. This season date opens August 1 statewide.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0 .
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: August 7, 2019.
WAC 220-415-09000B2018-2020 Fall black bear hunting seasons and regulations.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-415-090, effective immediately until further notice the following rules apply:
Bag Limit: Two (2) black bear per annual hunting season.
Area Restriction: Special deer permit required to hunt black bear in GMU 485. GMUs 410 and 422 are closed for black bear hunting. Hunters that choose to hunt in GMUs located in grizzly bear recovery areas, as identified by the department, must successfully complete the WDFW online bear identification test or equivalent test from another state and carry proof of successful completion.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
2018-2020 Fall black bear hunting seasons and regulations.