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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


January 21, 1997
Contact: Tim Waters (206) 775-1311, ext. 119

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Meetings to be held on bear, cougar hunting regulations, seasons changes

OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled two public meetings this month to discuss recent changes that impact bear and cougar hunters.

The first meeting will be held Jan. 27 in Moses Lake at the Grant County Public Utilities District auditorium at 312 West 3rd Ave.

The second meeting will be held January 30 at the Department of Fish and Wildlife's northern Puget Sound headquarters in Mill Creek. The address is 16018 Mill Creek Boulevard.

Both meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m. and last until 9:00 p.m. Representatives from the department's Enforcement and Wildlife Management programs are expected to be on hand to answer questions.

In recent weeks, important changes affecting bear and cougar hunters have occurred. In November, Washington voters passed Initiative 655. The measure made it illegal in the state to hunt or pursue cougars, black bears, bobcats or lynx with the aid of a dog or dogs.

The initiative, which became law 30 days after it won voter approval, also made it illegal to hunt black bears with the aid of bait.

In December, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted a new, statewide three-year hunting seasons and rules package for all game species. The package contains significant changes over previous years with regard to cougar and bear hunting.

Persons who have questions about the recent changes, but cannot attend one of the meetings, can contact the department's Public Affairs office at (206)775-1311, or (509) 456-4073.