The department is proposing amendments to carry forward a long-standing recreational hunting opportunity to address bear management by continuing to use recreational hunting under a spring bear special permit in 2022.
The purpose and anticipated effect of the amendments is to continue geographically focused spring hunting of black bear in areas where WDFW have observed on-going human-bear conflicts, low fall harvest results, commercial timber damage, or concerns for ungulate species recruitment. This amendment will also make minor modifications to harvest and inspection procedures. These amendments will provide a limited hunting opportunity to approximately 664 hunters who receive permits and WDFW anticipates approximately 145 black bears would be harvested through this limited permit hunting opportunity.
In order to submit comments on this proposal, please visit the Spring Black Bear comment home page.
You may also leave comments on this rule making, or send attachments, by email at 2022SpringBear@PublicInput.com.
The comment period ends on October 21, 2021.
October 22, 2021 at 12:50 PM (Agenda Item # 8) - Webinar
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Date of Intended Adoption: November 19, 2021
For more information
Staff Contact: Heather.Bonagofski@dfw.wa.gov
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2022 Spring Black Bear Rules and Regulations - Timeline
October 22-23, 2021
Commission Meeting & Public Hearing
Public comments are accepted during this commission meeting.
August 30, 2021
Rule proposal CR-102 filed with the Code Reviser
The public comment period begins. The public is encouraged to comment on the rule proposal at this time.
June 21, 2021
Preproposal CR-101 filed with the Code Reviser
Agency announces that it is considering rule proposal development.