WSR 03-02-102

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed January 2, 2003, 10:30 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Special closures and firearm restriction areas; seasons, areas and quotas for deer, elk, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, black bear, cougar and small game; game management units and boundary descriptions and special game areas; trapping seasons and regulations; official hunting hours; PLWMAs; weapon regulations; classifications of wild birds; nontoxic shot; use of waterfowl decoys; landowner damage hunts; classification of deleterious wildlife; possessing and holding in captivity live wildlife and scientific permits criteria.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047, 77.12.020.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To provide recreational opportunity for hunters and trappers.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

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 Dave Brittell, Assistant Director, Wildlife Program, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, (360) 902-2504.

Contact by February 14, 2003, rule proposal filing expected to be March 5, 2003.

January 2, 2003

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office