2023 Spring Bear Rule Making

Rule-making status: Preproposal

Rule Making Reference# P2022-09
The department is considering rule changes to WAC 220-415-080, 2021 Spring black bear special permits, to set season dates and permit numbers for Spring of 2023, as well as potential changes to inspection requirements.

Amendments would be needed to set season dates and permit numbers in order to offer a 2023 spring black bear season. In addition to providing recreational hunting opportunity, a special permit season could assist the department with addressing specific management needs that include, but are not limited to, tree damage on industrial managed timberlands, human-bear conflict and damage, and harvest distribution.

Public comments

To submit comments on this proposal, please visit the 2023 Spring Black Bear Preproposal CR101 public engagement page.

You may also leave comments by sending an email, either with or without an attachment to 2023SpringBearCR101@PublicInput.com or voicemail to 855-925-2801 project code 4328.

For more information

For questions contact: Heather Bonagofski at heather.bonagofski@dfw.wa.gov

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