OLYMPIA-- Black bear and cougar tags are available now at most major license
dealerships and all Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife regional offices
throughout the state.
"Prices are down and populations of both species are up," said Steve
Pozzanghera, WDFW carnivore, furbearer and permit species section manager.
Bear tag prices have been reduced this year from $18 to $15. Cougar tags also
have dropped in price from $24 to $5. Tag sale deadlines for black bear have been
dropped and tags may be purchased throughout the hunting season for both species.
In another development, the bear bag limit has been increased to two animals.
Bear hunting seasons also have been modified slightly. Hunters are reminded to
check the 1998 Big Game Hunting Seasons and Rules pamphlet before setting out to