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  • State: No spring bear hunt

    The Journal|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    OLYMPIA – A deeply divided state Fish and Wildlife Commission voted not to establish a 2022 spring black bear special permit season. The 5-4 vote took place during meetings Thursday-Saturday, March 17-19. The decision to not offer a spring bear special permit won’t impact the fall black bear general season from Aug. 1 to Nov. 15, officials said. Following the vote, the agency’s staff said it will review the possibility of offering spring seasons in future. During the meeting, the commission also approved the purchase of mo...

  • Fish and Wildlife offices reopen

    The Journal|Updated Mar 17, 2022

    SPOKANE -- The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will reopen most of its facilities to the public starting Monday, March 21. "When we closed our offices and hatcheries to the public in March 2020 due to the pandemic, I hoped we'd reopen a few months later; obviously that didn't happen," Director Kelly Susewind said Monday, March 14. "Here we are two years later, having adapted to provide our services virtually, and we are so excited to be able to serve you in person again." Staff is being required to wear masks; the...

  • Comments sought on shortening bear season

    The Journal|Updated Feb 8, 2022

    OLYMPIA – The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking written comments on a proposed spring black bear special permit rule change from Feb. 2 to March 12. The proposed rule would establish spring black bear special hunting permits for a shortened 2022 season, from May 1 to 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 per...