OLYMPIA - Non-tribal hunters must obtain a valid state permit if they expect to participate in a planned black bear timber damage control hunt on the Quinault Indian Nation reservation, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said today.
Non-tribal hunters are subject to state hunting rules and regulations if they hunt on the reservation, according to the Department. As such, non-tribal hunters selected by the tribe to participate in the damage hunt must first obtain a damage depredation permit from WDFW and abide by its conditions.
Non-tribal hunters who fail to obtain a permit, or do obtain a permit and fail to comply with its conditions, are subject to state laws and regulations on and off the reservation.
The permits may be obtained at the Department's regional office in Montesano. The office is located adjacent Highway 12 at 48 Devonshire Road. The phone number is (360) 249-4628. Office hours are 9am to 4pm. There is no charge for the permit.
The Quinault Indian Nation earlier informed the Department it plans to issue a limited number of timber damage hunt permits to non-tribal hunters as part of a spring and fall black bear hunt aimed at controlling bear damage to timber resources.
Black bears strip bark from timber to feed on the sweet, inner layer of trees. The feeding practice can severely damage or kill the trees in certain areas under specific conditions.