WSR 07-19-123

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 07-223 -- Filed September 19, 2007, 11:15 a.m. , effective September 19, 2007, 11:15 a.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: To provide sufficient time for applicants to obtain licenses/tags necessary to participate in the public safety cougar removal season.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.04.020.

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: This emergency rule is needed to extend the public safety cougar removal application date from October 1, 2007, until October 17, 2007. GMUs and permit levels for the public safety cougar removal in eastern Washington were delayed for additional reporting of public safety situations. This information was reviewed to include new permit areas in Regions 3 and 5. The deadline of October 1, 2007, for the application is insufficient to develop a list of applicants and to plan and finish the licensing requirements as provided for in WAC 232-12-243. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: September 19, 2007.

Loreva M. Preuss

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-12-24300D   Public safety cougar removals -- Application date extension.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-12-243, applications for public safety cougar removal for 2007-2008 will be accepted by the department if received or postmarked no later than October 17, 2007.

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