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By Roger Harnack
Cheney Free Press 

Spring bear hunting rejected, again

Commissioners quickly dismiss petition


Last updated 8/31/2023 at 10:22am

OLYMPIA – It took only a minute Friday, Aug. 11, for the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to reject a petition to resume spring bear hunting in 2024.

The commission’s almost-immediate, unanimous rejection of spring bear hunting followed a very short presentation by state Department of Fish and Wildlife Game Division Manager Anis Aoude.

“From our position as a department … we’re recommending you deny this petition,” he said. “There really isn’t a reason to revisit.”

The state’s presentation and commissioner’s fast rejection followed a petition to begin rulemaking for...

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