FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: Promote public safety by extending the dearline [deadline] for public safety cougar removal applications.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-12-24300G; and amending WAC 232-12-243.
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, 2010, until October 29, 2010, in order to lengthen the reporting periods for public safety situations involving cougars. The current application deadline of October 1, 2010, would prevent information that could be gleaned from an extended reporting period from being used to plan and implement the cougar removal program as required. Cougar removal programs are critical to preventing cougar populations from growing beyond manageable numbers. There is insufficient time to adopt permanent rules prior to the current deadline.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: October 12, 2010.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective October 30, 2010:
|WAC 232-12-24300G||Public safety cougar removals -- Application date extension.|