WSR 05-21-119

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed October 18, 2005, 4:57 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: State delisting of the Aleutian Canada goose and listing as endangered or threatened the Mazama pocket gopher, streaked horned lark, and Taylor's checkerspot butterfly.

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

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Mazama pocket gopher, streaked horned lark, and Taylor's checkerspot butterfly are imperiled species in Washington. State listing as endangered or threatened is needed to prevent these species from further declines and to initiate state recovery efforts to increase population numbers and distribution. Delisting of the Aleutian Canada goose is needed because its population numbers have increased as a result of recovery actions and it has achieved recovery objectives. It no longer meets the definition of a state threatened species.

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, Wildlife Program Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98504-1091, phone (360) 902-2515.

October 18, 2005

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office