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From: TSS (
Date: December 23, 2004 at 2:27 pm PST

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Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2004 15:26:13 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

December 6, 2004
Contacts: Susan Yeager, (360) 902-2267;
Or: Doug Williams (360) 902-2256

Commission adopts permanent
chronic wasting disease rules

OCEAN SHORES - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has adopted
permanent rules restricting importation of deer and elk into Washington
state that are harvested from states and Canadian provinces where
chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been found in wild populations.

The commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife (WDFW), met Dec. 3-4 in Ocean Shores.

The permanent rules replace temporary rules that were enacted earlier
this year. The rules are intended to keep CWD from infecting Washington
state deer and elk herds.

Research conducted by scientists from Colorado and Wyoming, where CWD
is present in wild deer and elk
populations, confirmed that the infective agents of CWD can transfer
from decomposing carcasses into the soil, where it can infect healthy
deer and elk at a later time.

The new rule applies to Washington hunters bringing home deer or elk
that were harvested in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Wisconsin,
Illinois, South Dakota, Nebraska and the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

Meat that has been deboned in the state or province where it was
harvested can be brought into Washington. Skulls, antlers, teeth, hides
and capes that have had all soft tissue removed can also be brought into

Jerry Nelson, WDFW deer and elk section manager, said the permanent rule
replaces an emergency rule that was in place for the 2004 hunting
season. Nelson told the commission that WDFW enforcement officers
encountered between 15 and 20 hunters who had harvested a deer or elk
from one of the listed areas and had not properly processed their
animals before bringing it into Washington.

In most cases, Nelson said WDFW enforcement officers were able to
confiscate the portions of the animals that are most important to
preventing the spread of CWD. Nelson said WDFW will increase its efforts
to educate hunters on the importance of complying with CWD rules.

In other business, the commission:

* Adopted amendments to WDFW's shellfish disease control protection
rules to address the spread of Denman Island Disease, which can
affect oyster populations.
* Adopted a permanent rule prohibiting the sale and trafficking of
krill, an important food for baleen whales and many fish
populations. The commercial sale of krill is currently prohibited
in California and Oregon, and federal fisheries officials are
expected to follow suit for waters under their jurisdiction.
* Approved modification of the boundaries of Game Management Unit
368 (Cowiche) in Yakima County.
* Approved designation of a firearms restriction area in the Icicle
Loop area of Leavenworth.
* Adopted private lands wildlife management area hunting seasons,
rules and boundary descriptions for 2005.
* Approved the sale of WDFW's existing regional headquarters office
in Spokane for $658,000. Construction of WDFW's new regional
office should be completed by June 2005.
* Adopted a pilot spring black bear damage hunt to address timber
damage in Kapowsin Tree Farm and Capitol Forest. The pilot season
will run from April 15 to June 15, 2005, with a total of 200
permits in portions of Game Management Units 653, 654 and 663.
* Heard a briefing on the proposed Wiley Slough restoration project
on WDFW's Skagit Wildlife Area. The project would restore natural
estuarine functions in a portion of the Skagit River estuary for
the benefit of a number of fish and wildlife species, including
chinook salmon that are protected under the federal Endangered
Species Act.
* Discussed the WDFW Advisory Committee for Persons with
Disabilities. The commission voted to recommend to the Washington
State Legislature that the committee be continued for three more
* Heard a WDFW staff report on population assessment of razor clam
populations conducted in conjunction with the Quinault Indian
Nation. The study goal is to determine the most appropriate clam
harvest level.

The commission postponed a decision on changes to rules regarding
possession and delivery of Canadian origin food fish and shellfish to
Washington waters and Washington ports. A commission subcommittee will
discuss the matter before the issue is brought to the commission for
discussion and a vote.

The commission also tabled discussion on proposed rules regarding the
sale of progeny of wild-caught raptors to its next workshop, which is
set for Jan. 14-15 in Olympia.


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