FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: Amend wildlife rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-12-315.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.
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: Weather conditions have forced deer and elk to lower elevations, where harassment by dogs has been observed. In order to protect deer and elk, it is necessary to allow officers to take dogs into custody, and if necessary, destroy dogs. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: December 30, 2008.
(1) Chelan County
(2) Douglas County
(3) Ferry County
(4) Kitittas County
(5) Lincoln County
(6) Okanogan County
(7) Pend Oreille County
(8) Spokane County
(9) Stevens County
(10) Yakima County
Reviser's note: The spelling error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.