FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION
MEETING via CONFERENCE CALL
November 18, 2011
Miranda Wecker, Chair
Phil Anderson, Director
Joe Stohr, Deputy Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Ken Berg
Laurence R. Ruff
Chair Wecker called the meeting to order at 8:31 a.m.
A. Update from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Manager, Ken Berg – Overview:
Ken Berg presented an overview and answered questions about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service’s activities in relation to the wolves in Washington.
B. Petition to Repeal the recently enacted amendments to WAC 232-12-243 – Decision:
The Commission considered a petition for rulemaking received from the United States Humane Society pursuant to RCW 34.05.330 regarding WAC 232-12-243 that modify the criteria for determining when WDFW can issue permits to remove cougars with the aid of dogs under the public safety cougar program.
Commissioner Schmitten moved, seconded by Commissioner Smith to deny the United States Humane Society petition to repeal the recently enacted amendments to WAC 232-12-243 and send a letter that the issue will be considered in the 3 year rulemaking cycle. The motion carried.
C. Minutes for Approval – Decision:
Commissioner Jennings moved, seconded by Commissioner Perry to approve the November 3-4, 2011 meeting minutes.The motion carried unanimously.
D. General Discussion:
Commissioners and the Director discussed the following items of interest:
Completed Wolf Conservation and Management Plan to review
Visit to Washington D.C.
Office of Law Enforcement of NOAA
NOAA’s budget approved
Funding for Wolf Management
HPA Program presentation to Association of County Commissioners