OLYMPIA -- Big game hunting permit quotas, special raffle hunts, the state's
Wild Salmonid Policy and new protections for several wildlife species will be among the
issues facing the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission when it meets this Friday
The meeting is scheduled to begin Friday at 2:15 p.m. at the Longview Elks
Lodge, 1265 12th Ave., Longview. Saturday's meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the same
Friday's agenda includes a briefing for commissioners on the department's
involvement in state Timber Fish and Wildlife negotiations; the adoption of Department
of Fish and Wildlife goals; an update on the state's draft Wild Salmonid Policy and a
status report on the volunteer group Fish First.
The commission will also be briefed on the agency's new ecosystem
management process known as Integrated Landscape Management.
On Saturday, commission members will consider whether to classify bats, the
Washington ground squirrel and the California mountain kingsnake as protected
wildlife. It also is expected to vote on 1997 deer, moose, sheep and goat permit quotas;
determine 1997-98 elk permit quotas; approve 1998 raffle permit hunts for deer, elk,
and bighorn sheep; adopt 1998 elk and bighorn sheep auction permit hunts; and adopt
miscellaneous hunting season rules.
The commission also will award its 1996 Citizen Awards for Volunteer of the
Year; Educator of the Year and Organization of the Year. Nine individuals and one
organization are expected to be honored at this meeting.
Commission meetings are open to the public. Citizens are encouraged to attend
and give their input on fish and wildlife matters. People with questions about
commission activities can call (360) 902-2267.