Commission discusses wolf management, approves land transactions, and denies spring black bear petitions during March meeting

News release

Contact: Commission office, 360-902-2267

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission heard briefings on a variety of topics, including game management planning and wolf management, approved land transactions, and denied spring black bear petitions during its March 16-18 meeting in Wenatchee.

The Commission kicked off Thursday with meetings of its Wildlife, Fish, Habitat, and Big Tent committees, discussing game management planning, habitat restoration, co-manager hatchery policy, conservation policy, and other topics. 

The full Commission met Friday morning and heard deputy director and regional director’s reports following an open public input opportunity. The Commission then approved three proposed land transactions in Asotin, Okanogan, and Thurston counties.

The Reardon Future Farmers of America (FFA) Agriculture Group gave a presentation to the Commission over a working lunch on Friday on carnivore management. Commissioners then heard updates regarding the Commission’s Advisory Committee for Americans with Disabilities, the proposed Klickitat Hatchery transfer, and the Game Management Plan.

On Saturday, the Commission held an open public input opportunity followed by an executive session. The Commission also voted to deny three spring black bear and timber damage petitions.

Finally, Commissioners discussed wolf management during an afternoon workshop on Saturday. During future meeting planning, the Commission discussed upcoming meeting agenda topics. 

The meeting was recorded so members of the public can watch at their convenience. The recording, as well as information about past and future Commission meetings and ways to participate, can be found at WDFW’s website.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is a panel appointed by the governor that sets policy for the WDFW. WDFW works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. 

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