State: No spring bear hunt


Last updated 3/22/2022 at 7:20am

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 more than 1,600 acres of privately owned land for conservation, e...

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