Outfitters’ Licensing Renewal

 

FWSR, along with many others,  received notification from the Forest Service on April 27 about renewal of outfitters permits.  We are working on a response.  We think the proposed action, to simply renew the existing permits, is not okay.  Here is a link to a map of the W&S segments of the two rivers.   You can contact us at friends@friendsofthewhitesalmon.org if you have questions or opinions.

A couple weeks ago, we posted the Scoping Letter sent by the US Forest Service regarding Outfitter Permits.

We have filed our comment letter, asking for more examination of the other Outstandingly Remarkable Values and for consideration of a system of daily limits, to be phased in slowly over the next several years. The FWSR comment letter can be read in full here:  FWSR.Response.Outfitter.Permits.Scoping.May2020-1.

 

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Cougars (and bears) are being killed indiscriminately here in Klickitat County, and in some other counties in the state. WDFW has abdicated their responsibility to protect predators, whose presence in the ecosystem benefits us all.
NOW, the Fish and Wildlife Commission is going to approve a program called the “ WDFW Managed Nonlethal Pursuit Training Program” to allow hound hunters to practice (yup) hound hunting by hunting cougar. The hunters are not supposed to kill the cougar they are harassing, but the hunters can bring friends and family along to participate. This is little more than a system of private hound hunting. Washingtonians spoke loud and clear years ago against hound hunting. It is absolutely unacceptable for WDFW to be reinstating hound hunting in this underhanded way.

Write to the Fish and Wildlife Commission and ask that this proposal be tabled. The law authorizing it has already passed, so we need to do something about that, too, but this "training" proposal can be tabled indefinitely. Let's do this, folks.

The proposal comes before the Commission on January 29 at 10:15. Here’s a link to the agenda. https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/commission/meetings/2020/28-30jan2021-fwc-agenda

Here’s a link to the Commission’s website comment page. https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/commission/contact

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