FISH AND WILDLIFE
Date of Adoption: January 7, 2000.
Purpose: To eliminate the black bear drawing deadline.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-260.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.040.
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: Year 2000 licenses will not be available until after the second Friday of February deadline established by the permanent rule. Permit applicants are required to write their license number on the application form. By extending the deadline, hunters will be able to make a timely application, and successful applicants will be able to hunt for the harvestable surplus of spring bears. Without this rule there would be a loss of hunting opportunity and a reduction in license sales that would affect the ability of the department to manage the bear harvest. There is insufficient time to promulgate permanent rules.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
January 7, 2000
J. P. Koenings
by Larry Peck
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-260, the application deadline for spring bear hunting for the year 2000 is extended to a date to be selected and announced by the Department. The date will be posted on the Department's web page, provided to the media, and notification will be given to Department license dealers.