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May 20, 2004
Contact: Mike O'Malley, (360) 902-2377

Wildlife enthusiasts can support cause with decal purchase

OLYMPIA - Wildlife watchers can show their support for Washington's native animals with a new vehicle decal offered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The color decal, which identifies the purchaser as a "Washington Watchable Wildlife Patron," can be purchased through WDFW's licensing website at http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ or at recreational license dealers statewide.

The decal is sold as part of a $28 annual package that includes a vehicle use permit required for parking on WDFW lands and water access sites, a copy of the book, "Washington Wildlife Viewing Guide," by Joe La Tourrette and a subscription to "Crossing Paths," WDFW's twice-yearly newsletter for property owners in the Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program. A $2 dealer fee is added to each purchaser's first decal purchase annually.

Decal purchasers are also offered the option of signing up for an email distribution list to be notified by WDFW of pending legislation, events and activities related to wildlife viewing.

Revenue from decal package sales supports watchable wildlife programs and development of new wildlife viewing opportunities, in cooperation with local, state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations.

"Wildlife watching is an immensely popular pastime with many Washington residents , and it's important to find creative ways to respond to this demand," WDFW Watchable Wildlife Manager Mike O'Malley said about the decal program.