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Miranda Wecker, Chair
Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Vice Chair

 

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April 9-10, 2010 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

MEETING MINUTES

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
April 9-10, 2010

Icicle Inn
505 Highway 2
Leavenworth, Washington 98826

ATTENDANCE:
Commission
Public
Miranda Wecker, Chair
Greg Carrington, Chelan County PUD
Gary Douvia, Vice Chair
Jim Hope
Ken Chew
Robert Stroup
David Jennings
Larry Guenther, Stevens County Commissioner
Conrad Mahnken
Donny Jackson
George Orr
Chad Spies
Chuck Perry
Bob Heath
Rolland Schmitten
Bob Thornley
Brad Smith
Rene Paul
Herb Trope
Commission Staff:
Chris Zuchlewski
Susan Yeager, Executive Assistant
Douglas Powell
Darlene Brtlett, Administrative Asst.
Mary Lou Peterson, Okanogan County Commissioner
Bud Hamilton
Department
Ron Poppe
Phil Anderson, Interim Director
Don Talbot
Joe Stohr, Deputy Director
Matt Steinhauer
Dave Ware, Game Division Mgr
James Zielasko
Donny Martorello, Carnivore, Furbearer and Special Species Section Mgr
Jason Day
Dan Budd, Real Estate Manager
Shane Magnuson
Dennis Beich, Region 2 Director
Fred Kunzman
Dave Brittell, Assistant Director Wildlife Program
Jim Malles
Steve Pozzanghera, Region 1 Director
Warren Gimlin
Nate Pamplin, Deputy Assistant Director Wildlife Program
David Pearce, Washington State Hound Council
Ann Larson, Legislative Liaison
Ken Maple, Okanogan Hound Club
Madonna Luers, Public Affairs
Kenny Cyr, Okanogan Hound Club
Penny Warren, Wildlife Program
Lewis Wasicki, Washington State Back Country Horsemen of Washington
Bill Frymire, AGO
Keith Goehmer
Ron Walker
Rick Imes
Doug Englan, Chelan County
Shiloh Schauer, Senator Parlette's Office
Dirk Johnson, Trailduster's Back Country Horsemen of Washington
Russ Jones, Chelan Sailing Association
Jeff Avara
Herb Troxel
Jeremy Walker
Rick Imes

FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010

Chair Wecker called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.

1a. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Schmitten, to approve the minutes of the following as presented:
- November 6-7, 2009 meeting; and
- January 15, 2010, Commission conference call.
The motion carried unanimously.

1b. COMMISSIONERS' DISCUSSION:
Commissioners discussed recent activities and items of general interest.

1c. DIRECTOR'S REPORT:
Director Anderson review significant Department issues and activities, followed by Commissioners’ questions and discussion on various items, including:

• Chinook fishery numbers
• Livestock grazing court ruling
• Sea lions

1d. OPERATIONS AND BUDGET UPDATE:
Deputy Director Stohr provided an update to the Commission on the Department’s budget and the state budget forecast process.

2. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT:
The following individuals provided testimony on items of interest/concern during this portion of the meeting:

• Don Talbot (Wenatchee) – Salmon and steelhead
• Nancy Smith (Leavenworth) – Economic development
• Larry Guenther (Nine Mile Falls) – Stevens county update and hunting restrictions
• Robert Stroup (Leavenworth) – Fisheries in the upper Columbia
• Bob Heath (Inchelium) – Ferry County update
• Jim Zielasko (Arlington) – Bull elk numbers
• Jim Hope (East Wenatchee) – Eastside senior pheasant hunt
• Donny Jackson (Starbuck) – Grazing on department lands
• Fred Kunzman (East Wenatchee) – Easements

3. PROPOSED SPECIAL HUNTING SEASON PERMITS AND DEALER FEES – RULE ACTION
Dave Ware presented for approval permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-291 and WAC 220-55-115, which would accommodate changes to special permit drawings and recreational dealer fees.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Schmitten to approve the permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-291 and WAC 220-55-115 as proposed.
The motion carried unanimously.

4. PROPOSED HUNTING EQUIPMENT RULES – -RULE ACTION
Dave Ware presented for approval the adoption of permanent rule amendments WAC 232-12-047 Unlawful Methods for Hunting, WAC 232-12-051 Muzzleloading Firearms, WAC 232-12-054 Archery Requirements – Archery Special Use Permits, that would allow hunters to possess a handgun for personal protection during archery and muzzleloader seasons.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Perry to approve the permanent amendments to WAC 232-12-047, WAC 232-12-051 and WAC 220-12-054 as proposed.
The motion carried unanimously.

5. PROPOSED ELK GENERAL SEASONS AND SPECIAL PERMIT REGULATIONS – RULE ACTION
Dave Ware presented for approval the adoptions of permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-352 2009-2011 Elk General Seasons and Definitions; WAC 232-28-356, 2010 Elk Special Permits; and repeal of WAC 232-28-354 2009 Elk Special Permits.

Commissioner Smith moved, seconded by Commissioner Jennings to approve the permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-352 2009-2011, WAC 232-28-356 2010 and the repeal of WAC 232-28-354 2009 as filed with the Code Reviser’s Office and amended by staff.
The motion carried.

6. PROPOSED DEER GENERAL SEASON AND SPECIAL PERMIT REGULATIONS – RULE ACTION
Dave Ware presented for approval the adoption of permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-351 2009-2011 Deer General Seasons and Definitions; WAC 232-28-355 2010 Deer Special Permits; and the repeal of WAC 232-28-353 2009 Deer Special Permits.

Commissioner Orr moved, seconded by Commissioner Smith to approve the permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-351 2009-2011, WAC 232-28-355 2010 and the repeal of WAC 232-28-353 2009 as proposed.
The motion carried.

7. PROPOSED DEER AND ELK AREA DESCRIPTIONS, SPECIAL CLOSURES AND FIREARM RESTRICTIONS – RULE ACTION
Dave Ware presented for approval the adoption of permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-337 Deer and Elk Area Descriptions and WAC 232-28-248 Special Closures and Firearm Restriction Areas.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Schmitten to approve the permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-337 and WAC 232-28-248 as filed with the Code Reviser’s Office and amended by staff.
The motion carried unanimously.

8. PROPOSED DAMAGE PREVENTION AND LANDOWNER PERMIT HUNTS – RULE ACTION
Dave Ware presented for approval the adoption of permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-266 Damage Prevention Permit Hunts; and WAC 232-28-295 Landowner Hunting Permits, that would allow greater flexibility for the use of turkey and elk damage prevention permits and public hunting access to private lands for addressing damage concerns.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Schmitten to approve the permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-266 and WAC 232-28-295 as proposed.
The motion carried unanimously.

9. PROPOSED SMALL GAME HUNTING REGULATIONS – RULE ACTION
Dave Ware presented for approval the adoption of permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-342, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 Small game seasons, which would allow greater opportunity for turkey hunters while moderating the harvest.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Perry to approve the amendments to WAC 232-28-266 and WAC 232-28-295 as proposed.
The motion carried unanimously.
(Ken Chew absent for discussion and vote)

10. PROPOSED MOOSE. BIGHORN SHEEP AND MOUNTAIN GOAT HUNTING REGULATIONS – RULE ACTION
Donny Martorello presented for approval the adoption for permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-273 2009-2011 Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain Goat Seasons and Permit Quotas; and WAC 232-12-284 Bighorn Sheep – Marking Requirements.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Orr to approve the permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-273 2009-2011 and WAC 232-12-284 as proposed.
The motion carried unanimously.

11. PROPOSED BLACK BEAR SEASONS AND REGULATIONS – RULE ACTION
Donny Martorello presented for approval the adoption for permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-286 2010, 2011, and 2012 Spring Black Bear Seasons and Regulations; and WAC 232-28-288 2010-2011 Fall Black Bear Hunting Seasons and Regulations.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Chew and Orr to approve the permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-286 2010, 2011, and 2012 and WAC 232-28-288 2010-2011 as proposed.
The motion carried unanimously.

12. PROPOSED COUGAR PERMIT SEASONS AND REGULATIONS – RULE ACTION
Donny Martorello presented for approval the adoption for permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-285, 2010-2011 Pilot Cougar Hunting Seasons with the Aid of Dogs; and WAC 232-28-287, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 Cougar Permit Seasons and Regulations.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioners Perry to approve the permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-285 2010- 2011 and WAC 232-28-287 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 as proposed.
The motion carried unanimously.

13. PROPOSED RAFFLE AND AUCTION HUNTS – RULE ACTION
Donny Martorello presented for approval the adoption for permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-290 Washington Raffle Hunts and WAC 232-28-292 Washington Auction Hunts.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioners Perry to approve the permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-290 and WAC 232-28-292 .as proposed.
The motion carried.

14. PROPOSED LAND TRANSACTION – DECISION
Dan Budd and Dennis Beich with guest speaker Greg Carrington of Chelan County Public Utility District presented for approval various land transactions recommended by the Department for the protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat, to provide public recreational opportunity and to address responsible property management.

• Proposed easement on 16.5 acres in Chelan County to Chelan County PUD,
• Proposed acquisition of a 2.81-acre property in Mason County,
• Proposed acquisition of a 3.57-acre property in Mason County
• Proposed acquisition of 29 acres in Pierce County
No one signed up to testify during this portion of the meeting.

Commissioner Jennings moved, seconded by Commissioners Perry to approve the proposed land transactions as presented.
The motion carried unanimously.

15. INVITED DISCUSSION – LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS
Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner, Commissioner Ron Walter, Commissioner Doug England and Senator Palette’s assistant Shiloh Schauer presented information about various fish and wildlife issues pertinent to their constituents with the Commission.

16. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT

• David Pearce (Anacortes) – Cougar management and hounds
• Mary Lou Peterson (Okanogan) – Cougar pilot program and land acquisitions
• Robert Elliot (Arlington) – Quincy lakes access to horses
• Larry Guenther (Nine Mile Falls) – Habitat and land acquisitions in Stevens County

Chair Wecker recessed the meeting at 4:57 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2010:

Chair Wecker called the meeting back to order at 8:30 a.m.

17. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT:
The following individuals testified on issues of interest/concern during this period of the meeting.

• Larry Guenther (Nine Mile Falls) – Lake Roosevelt fishing
• Russ Jones (Chelan) – Lake Chelan dock mitigation
• Herb Troxel (Malaga) – Green dot roads and wolves

18. WILDLIFE INTERACTION RULES-RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING
Dave Ware and Captain Michael Whorton briefed the Commission on proposed new regulations, Chapter 232-36 WAC, Wildlife Interaction Regulations, which would help address wildlife property damage and other human/wildlife conflicts and implement legislation passed in 2009 (SHB 1778)

Public Input for this item only:

• Donny Jackson (Starbuck) – Grazing briefing, presented a letter from Keller Allen
• Bud Hamilton (Prosser) – Wildlife interaction concerns

19. STRATEGIC PLANNING-WORK SESSION
The Commissioners and Department staff discussed the strategic planning process and agreed to visit the topic again later this year.

20. MISCELLANEOUS AND MEETING DEBRIEF
The Commission discussed items that arose immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda was published.

21. COMMISSION REQUEST TO THE DEPARTMENT
Commissioner Perry moved, seconded by Commissioner Orr to request that staff prepare a report on hunt tag drawing implementation.
The motion carried unanimously
. (Commission Mahnken was absent for the vote on this item.)

Chair Wecker adjourned the meeting at 12:50 p.m.