Fish and Wildlife Commission authorizes new rule-making on spring black bear special permits in response to a petition


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News release

Commission office, 360-902-2267

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission considered six petitions today addressing the establishment of a 2022 spring black bear season.

The Commission voted 4-3 to deny five petitions and accept one petition to initiate rule-making for a special spring black bear season in 2022.

The Department plans to initiate a rule-making proposal soon. More information on the rule-making will be available on WDFW's hunting webpage in the coming weeks.

The Commission also approved a motion declaring an intent to conduct a comprehensive review of a spring bear hunting policy starting in spring 2022.

For more information and to watch the recording, visit WDFW's website.

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