Public support for the recovery and management of healthy wildlife populations is an important aspect of wildlife conservation. Support for wildlife can diminish when people experience negative interactions with wildlife and damage to private property. The intent of the department is to provide technical advice and assistance to property owners to prevent and mitigate damages caused by wildlife. Compensation may be necessary in situations where preventative measures are not successful or when circumstances, outside the control of the private property owner, get in the way of resolving negative wildlife interactions.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012
, and 77.04.055
. WSR 10-13-182 (Order 10-156), § 232-36-020, filed 6/23/10, effective 7/24/10.]