WDFW invites public comment on rule-making for spring black bear special permits


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News release

Sam Montgomery (media contact), 360-688-0721

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) invites the public to submit written comment on a proposed spring black bear special permit rule change from Feb. 2 to March 12.

The Fish and Wildlife Commission accepted a petition last month to initiate rule-making for a spring black bear special permit season in 2022. The proposed rule would establish spring black bear special hunting permits for a shortened 2022 season, beginning May 1 and ending June 15. The amendment also proposes modifications to the harvest and inspection procedures and makes it unlawful to kill a cub or a female with cubs.

“We are seeking feedback on the proposed rule to set a shortened spring black bear special permit season,” said Anis Aoude, WDFW game division manager.

Follow the link to provide feedback from Feb. 2 to March 12. The public is invited to submit written comments via email or mail to:

WDFW Wildlife Program
PO Box 43200
Olympia, WA 98504-3200 

All members of the public are invited to share their perspectives and participate in WDFW public feedback opportunities regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, language proficiency, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, or basis of disability.

The Fish and Wildlife Commission will also host a public hearing for this proposed rule at their March 11 meeting, with a decision scheduled for March 18.

Visit the Department’s website for more information on the proposed rule. Additional background information from the previous rulemaking process, including specific questions the Commission asked the Department to address, is available on WDFW's webpage.

WDFW works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. 

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (Title6@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/requests-accommodation.