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April 22, 2008
Contact: Susan Yeager, (360) 902-2267

Land transactions, cougar and wolf management
on May 2-3 commission meeting agenda

OLYMPIA — Approval of proposed land transactions and briefings on cougar management, planning for future wolf management, and other topics are on the agenda for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission when it meets in Colville May 2-3.

The nine-member commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 2, at the Stevens County Sheriff’s Ambulance Training Center Conference Room, 435 N. Hwy. 395/20 in Colville. The meeting will re-convene at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 3.

WDFW-proposed land transactions include property acquisitions for fish and wildlife habitat and public recreation in Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Skagit and Snohomish counties.

At the Commission’s request, WDFW staff will provide briefings on:

  • The 2008 Pilot Cougar Control Program final report to the Legislature and cougar research project progress.
  • Status of Wolf Management Plan being developed with a 17-citizen working group.
  • A proposed land exchange with Washington Department of Natural Resources.
  • WDFW strategic priorities and budget-development process.

Public input is welcome at several scheduled times during the two-day agenda. For a complete preliminary agenda with approximate times for specific items, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/com/may0308.htm.