WSR 01-01-075

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 00-257 -- Filed December 13, 2000, 1:44 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: December 13, 2000.

Purpose: Amend hunting rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-28100B; and amending WAC 232-28-281.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.

Reasons for this Finding: The population of elk in these game management units remains above the level that will cause crop depredation, in part because of the Hanford Reach fire, which caused foraging elk to move south. Harvest of antlerless elk in these units will not cause unacceptable loss of reproductive potential, and will afford additional hunting opportunity. There is insufficient time to adopt permanent rules.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

December 13, 2000

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-28100B   Elk -- GMUs 372 (Kiona) and 382 (East Klickitat) season extensions.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-281, effective immediately through December 31, 2000, the general elk season is extended in GMUs 372 and 382. All hunting restrictions, including but not limited to licensing, tag, bag limit and weapon restrictions, remain in effect through 4:40 p.m., December 31, 2000.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 4:41 p.m. December 31, 2000:


WAC 232-28-28100B Elk -- GMUs 372 (Kiona) and 382 (East Klickitat) season extensions.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office